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Banks began modeling in the 11th grade. She later went to Paris, France to do some runway modeling. She has done extensive print and/or runway work for fashion/advertising giants, such as Anna Sui, CoverGirl, Bill Blass, Chanel, Victoria's Secret, and Yves Saint Laurent. She has appeared on the covers of high-fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and Elle. Banks was the first African American woman on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. That same year, she became the first-ever African American chosen for the cover of the Victoria's Secret catalog. In 2010, Banks re-signed with her former modeling agency IMG Models.


  • In 1999, Tyra Banks established the TZONE program, which aimed at leadership and life skills development. In 2005, TZONE transformed from a camp into a public charity, the Tyra Banks TZONE Foundation.

Major achievements

  • being the first African American woman on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue


  • Modelland
  • Tyra's Beauty, Inside and Out



Sport & Clubs: basketball

modeling, singing, TV shows

Music & Bands: Banks has appeared in several music videos, including Michael Jackson's "Black or White", Tina Turner's "Love Thing", Mobb Deep's "Trife Life", George Michael's "Too Funky" (with fellow supermodel Linda Evangelista) and Lionel Richie's "Don't Wanna Lose You". In 2004, she recorded her first single, "Shake Ya Body," which had a music video featuring the final six contestants on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 2. The video was world-premiered on UPN, but the single turned out to be a failure.

Banks released a single with NBA player Kobe Bryant, entitled "K.O.B.E.," which was performed on NBA TV. She also has a single on the soundtrack to Disney Channel's Original Movie Life-Size called "Be A Star."


  • father: Donald
  • mother: Carolyn - photographer
  • brother: Devin
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Born December 4, 1973
(age 43)
  • 1992
    Chief Executive Officer, Founder Tyra Banks Scholarship
  • 1995
    actress, Higher Learning
  • 1999
    acrtess, Love Stinks
  • 2000
    T-Zone summer camp for girls
  • 2000
    actress, Love & Basketball
  • 2000
    actress, Life-Size
  • 2002
    voice only, Eight Crazy Nights
  • 2003
    host, America's Next Top Model
  • 2005 - 2010
    host, The Tyra Banks Show
  • 2009
    cameo, Hannah Montana: The Movie
  • September 1, 2011 - February 27, 2012
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