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February 18th, 2013
08:30 AM ET

Lyn St. James: My advice for Danica Patrick

NASCAR racer Danica Patrick becomes the first woman to ever win the pole position at the Daytona 500, getting a first row start this Sunday.

Lyn St. James, a fmr. Indycar racer who won the 1992 Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year, talks about Patrick's influence in NASCAR and shares some advice for the popular driver.

"This is also a great milestone for all women," St. James tells Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning. "It's one of the only sports that men and women compete equally. Not many sports are like that. I think it kind of reflects society, because women are making such great inroads. But we need reminders that if given an opportunity, given the right equipment, given the right skill opportunity and support, that women are very capable. We needs reminders of that, and that's what she's doing.

St. James also shares advice for Patrick. Check out the video above.


Filed under: Nascar • Women empowerment
October 16th, 2012
01:32 PM ET

Model/Mogul Tyra Banks empowers young women with TZONE foundation, talks about raising money through 'Flawsome Ball'

From supermodel to super-mogul, Tyra Banks was one of the first African-American models to be on the cover of "Sports Illustrated" and top runway shows like Victoria Secret. She went on to create and produce the hugely successful TV competition "America's Next Top Model" and even hosted her own daytime talk show.

Tyra has also created the TZONE Foundation to empower young women and teach them career developing tools. It gets a permanent new home with a newly constructed Girls' Club here in New York City.

Now, she's in New York to raise the money for that center with a "Flawsome Ball," which is going to happen on Thursday night.

This morning on "Starting Point," Tyra Banks joins Soledad and the "Starting Point" team to explain the motivation behind the "Flawsome Ball" and why it's important to get across a message of acceptance to young women.


Filed under: Women empowerment