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TYRA LYNNE BANKS Edit Profile

model , Television personality

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.

Background

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.

Career

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.

Achievements

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

Works

  • book

    • Modelland

    • Tyra's Beauty, Inside and Out

Interests

  • Sport & Clubs

    basketball

  • Other Interests

    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."

Connections

father:
Donald

mother:
Carolyn - photographer

Brother:
Devin