Tyra Banks
American model, talk show host and actress
Tyra Banks
Tyra Lynne Banks is a former American model, author, actress, and television personality. She first became famous as a model, appearing twice on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and working for Victoria's Secret as one of their original Angels. Banks is the creator and host of the UPN/The CW reality television show America's Next Top Model, co-creator of True Beauty, and was the host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show.
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The New Celebrity Apprentice: all you need to know about the new season.
Yahoo News - about 2 months
The New Celebrity Apprentice has a whole lot new about it: a new title and a new "Chairman of the Board," as the show calls him, Arnold Schwarzenegger. What else is new? Here's all you need to know about the new season. The top 3 most anticipated new winter TV shows The 16 contestants hoping to win $250,000 for their charity - Retired boxer Laila Ali: The Women's Sports Foundation, which ensures girls' access to sports - Actor/comic Jon Lovitz: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for childhood cancer - '80s icon Boy George: Safe Kids Worldwide, which helps prevent childhood injuries - Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson: Young Warriors , a program for fatherless boys - Former Dancing with the Stars winner and host Brooke Burke-Charvet: Operation Smile , for kids with facial deformities - Kyle Richards of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Children's Hospital Los Angeles - Matt Iseman of American Ninja Warrior: The Arthritis Foundation - Former host of Big Morning Buzz Live with Carr ...
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Celebrities Coming Out of the Infertility Closet
Huffington Post - 2 months
When I was going through fertility treatment, "E! News" anchor Giuliana Rancic and the first "Apprentice" winner, Bill Rancic, had a reality show called, Giuliana And Bill. On it, they shared their experience with In Vitro Fertilization, miscarriage and the emotional rollercoaster one in six go through to conceive. At the time, I didn't watch the show as I felt I was already living it but I had great respect for their openness. The show shined a light on infertility issues but on a personal level, it helped my mother gain insight into my life so she could better support me. Lately, there seems to be a growing amount of celebrities that are sharing their path (or rocky road depending) on trying to have a baby. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have recently opened up about their experience with IVF and the use of pre-genetic screening (PGS) to have their daughter, Luna. John Legend was quoted as saying, "People shouldn't be ashamed of their fertility struggles" and I think so many who ha ...
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The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Broadcast Used To Be Intensely Creepy
Huffington Post - 3 months
You’ll never watch “My Best Friend’s Wedding” the same way again. The year was 2001. Adriana Lima was 20 years old, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was 6 years old and for some reason, Rupert Everett was the host.  If it bothers you that a televised broadcast of beautiful women parading down a runway in their underwear is one of the most highly anticipated spectacles of the holiday season, wait until you see this cringeworthy, 15-year-old footage we dug up on YouTube. Folks, we’ve come a long way. Everett, giving off decidedly non-Prince Charming vibes, spends an uncomfortable 40 minutes saying things like, “The security is tight and so are the girls,” and calling attractive women “delicious crumpets.” All the blame can’t be put on Everett’s shoulders. There’s also a mirror cam, which catches the girls unknowingly as they adjust their outfits and check themselves out. Anouck Lepere, one of the models who walked in the show that year, sums it up: “Imagin ...
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Here's What Happened To The Yemeni Child Bride Hillary Clinton Wanted To Help
Huffington Post - 4 months
WASHINGTON ― In 2008, Nujood Ali’s family forced her to marry an abusive man three times her age. That April, the 10-year-old Yemeni girl traveled alone to a courthouse and demanded a divorce. A pioneering lawyer took on her case. A judge accepted the petition. International media took note, and Ali became a global hero who seemed poised to move past her repressive, impoverished background. That November, Glamour Magazine invited Ali and her lawyer to visit New York City to accept an award. That’s when Ali met Hillary Clinton. On stage at Carnegie Hall, receiving her “Glamour Woman of the Year Award,” Clinton joked about pantsuits. When Ali walked up to accept her own prize, the visibly excited 10-year-old stood beside her attorney, looked down at the ground often and occasionally offered a gleaming smile to an audience that included Tyra Banks, Michael Bloomberg and Jane Goodall. “I hope that when I return to Yemen, I will learn the law and I will learn English, in order to re ...
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In pictures: major moments in the history of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Yahoo News - 4 months
News that the upcoming Victoria's Secret catwalk show will be held at the Grand Palais exhibition center and museum in Paris caused a sensation in the fashion world. This is a first for the famous lingerie label, which has never before held one of its legendary shows in the French capital. From Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Karen Mulder, Gisele Bündchen, Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio to Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid -- to name just a few -- all of the world's most famous models have walked the runway at the legendary Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, each leaving their mark on the brand's history.
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Tyra Banks' beauty brand enters the skin care category with new product offerings
LATimes - 5 months
Tyra Banks is a big believer in maintaining her skin — and now her namesake brand has the tools to help customers do the same. After launching around 30 makeup products in a little over a year, Tyra Beauty has branched into skin care with The Clean Machine, a foam cleanser, makeup remover and gentle...
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Tyra Banks' beauty brand enters the skin care category with new product offerings
LATimes - 5 months
Tyra Banks is a big believer in maintaining her skin — and now her namesake brand has the tools to help customers do the same. After launching around 30 makeup products in a little over a year, Tyra Beauty has branched into skin care with The Clean Machine, a foam cleanser, makeup remover and gentle...
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Tyra Banks' beauty brand enters the skin care category with new product offerings
LATimes - 5 months
Tyra Banks is a big believer in maintaining her skin — and now her namesake brand has the tools to help customers do the same. After launching around 30 makeup products in a little over a year, Tyra Beauty has branched into skin care with The Clean Machine, a foam cleanser, makeup remover and gentle...
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Tyra Banks' beauty brand enters the skin care category with new product offerings
LATimes - 5 months
Tyra Banks is a big believer in maintaining her skin — and now her namesake brand has the tools to help customers do the same. After launching around 30 makeup products in a little over a year, Tyra Beauty has branched into skin care with The Clean Machine, a foam cleanser, makeup remover and gentle...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tyra Banks
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 42
    In August 2016, Banks accepted a position as a personal branding guest lecturer at Stanford University.
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    On January 27, 2016, Banks and boyfriend Erik Asla welcomed their first child, a son, York Banks-Asla, via surrogacy.
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  • 2015
    Age 41
    In 2015, she launched "tyra.com", an interactive cosmetic e-commerce site.
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    Following the original cancellation of the series in October 2015, it was announced Banks would remain as the series' executive producer for the America's Next Top Model, but would no longer be the host.
    More Details Hide Details Banks was also the co-creator of True Beauty, and had her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show, which aired on The CW for five seasons and won two Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Talk Show Informative. She also co-hosted the talk show FABLife for two months. In 2010, she published a young adult novel titled Modelland, based on her life as a model which topped The New York Times Best Seller list in 2011. Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by TIME magazine. Banks was born in Inglewood, California. She is the daughter of Carolyn London (now London-Johnson), a medical photographer, and Donald Banks, a computer consultant. She has a brother, Devin, who is five years older.
  • 2014
    Age 40
    In 2014, Banks founded the cosmetics brand Tyra Beauty, which she completed a non-degree certificate program at Harvard Business School specifically for.
    More Details Hide Details Tyra Beauty uses a multi-level marketing system to recruit sales distributors, who are called "beautytainers" by the company. Banks held a casting call to find faces for her line, eventually selecting Melody Parra, Monique Hayward, Katy Harvey and Top Model Norge contestant Marita Gomsrud as the cosmetic line's original beauty models.
    On May 30, 2014, Disney–ABC Domestic Television announced their plans to develop a lifestyle syndicated talk show, with Banks serving as executive producer and host, to debut sometime in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Banks's first big screen role came in 1994, when she co-starred in the drama Higher Learning. She then co-starred with Lindsay Lohan in the Disney film Life-Size, playing a doll named Eve who comes to life. Other films she has starred in include Love Stinks (1999), Love & Basketball (2000), Coyote Ugly (2000), Halloween: Resurrection (2002) and Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009). Banks appeared in the fourth episode of the third season of Gossip Girl playing Ursula Nyquist, a larger-than-life actress. She also appeared on the Disney Channel show Shake It Up as a school librarian.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 38
    As of 2012, Harvard professor Rohit Deshpande was preparing a case study on Banks' company, Bankable Productions, for use in future coursework in the OPM program.
    More Details Hide Details Banks established the TZONE program, which aimed at leadership and life skills development. Banks acts as the patron for TZONE. She has also established the Tyra Banks Scholarship, a fund aimed at providing African-American girls the opportunity to attend her alma mater, Immaculate Heart High School. In 2005, TZONE transformed from a camp into a public charity, the Tyra Banks TZONE.
    Banks completed the Executive Education Training Program in February 2012, earning a certificate.
    More Details Hide Details She has come under criticism for implying she is a Harvard graduate. Jenna Sauers, writing for Jezebel referred to her statements on Harvard as "disingenuous", and called upon her to "stop lying" about Harvard.
    In 2012, Deadline.com reported that Banks would co-create and produce an ABC comedy series based on her teenage years titled Fivehead.
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  • 2011
    Age 37
    In 2011, Banks enrolled in the nine-week Owner/President Management Program (OPM) at Harvard Business School.
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    In March 2011, Banks launched her fashion and beauty website called "typeF.com", which she co-created with Demand Media.
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  • 2010
    Age 36
    She announced in May 2010 that she would be writing a novel, titled Modelland, loosely based on her own modelling experience.
    More Details Hide Details Published in September 2011, it is the first of a planned three-part series. Modelland topped The New York Times Best Seller list in October 2011.
  • 2009
    Age 35
    In 2009, she opened up about her past relationships when she made a guest appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, hosting alongside Oprah Winfrey.
    More Details Hide Details The episode was dedicated to dating violence in response to the assault of Rihanna by Chris Brown.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    In 2008, Banks won the Daytime Emmy Award for her work and production on The Tyra Banks Show, and won for the second time in a row for outstanding, informative talkshow in 2009.
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  • 2005
    Age 31
    Banks has been outspoken on abusive relationships, having been a victim herself. In 2005, when asked about her relationship history, she stated, "I won't be using a lot of names on the show, but a specific relationship had not just cheating but emotional abuse.
    More Details Hide Details It was really bad, but that made me strong."
    In addition, she hosted The Tyra Banks Show, a daytime talk show aimed at younger women, which premiered on September 12, 2005, and ran until May 28, 2010.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 23
    She was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1997 to 2005.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, Banks re-signed with her former modeling agency IMG Models. Banks is now a contributor of the Vogue Italia website. She has since started focusing on her film career and hosting her own TV show. Banks's television career began on the fourth season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in which she played lead character Will Smith's old friend Jackie Ames. She made seven appearances in the series. Other TV credits include Felicity, All That, MADtv, Nick Cannon's Wild 'n Out (in which she was featured as a special guest host and team captain) and The Price Is Right (guest-starring as a "Barker's Beauty"). She also appeared as a guest in the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast in an episode entitled "Chinatown". Banks started her production company, "Ty Ty Baby Productions" — soon afterward changed to Bankable Productions — which produced The Tyra Banks Show, America's Next Top Model and the 2008 movie The Clique. Banks is the executive producer and former presenter and judge of America's Next Top Model.
    Banks was the first African American woman on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 1997, she received the VH1 award for "Supermodel of the Year".
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she became the first-ever African American chosen for the cover of the Victoria's Secret catalog.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 19
    In 1993, Banks signed a contract with CoverGirl cosmetics, launching advertising campaigns for the cosmetics company.
    More Details Hide Details In the mid-1990s, Banks returned to America to do more commercial modeling.
    Banks began acting on television in 1993 on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and made her film debut in Higher Learning in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details She went on to have major roles such as Eve in Disney Channel's Life-Size and Zoe in the box office hit Coyote Ugly. She had small roles in romantic film Love & Basketball and horror film Halloween: Resurrection, and also appeared in television series Gossip Girl and Glee. In 2003, Banks created and began presenting the long-running UPN/The CW reality television series America's Next Top Model, which she executive produces and presented for the first twenty-two seasons.
  • 1991
    Age 17
    In her first runway season, she was booked in 25 shows at the 1991 Paris Fashion Week.
    More Details Hide Details Banks has appeared in editorials for American, Italian, French, and Spanish Vogue, French, German, Spanish, and American Elle, American, German, and Malaysian Harper's Bazaar, V, W, and Vanity Fair. She would later appear on the covers of magazines such as Elle, Harper's Bazaar, French and Spanish Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue. She walked the runways for Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Herve Leger, Valentino, Fendi, Isaac Mizrahi, Armani, Sonia Rykiel, Michael Kors and others. She has featured in advertising campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Tommy Hilfiger, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Halston, H&M, XOXO, Swatch, Victoria's Secret, Got Milk? Pepsi and Nike.
    Banks attended John Burroughs Middle School and graduated in 1991 from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details While growing up, Banks states she was teased for her appearance and considered an "ugly duckling"; when Banks was 11 years old she grew three inches and lost 30 pounds in three months. A genealogical DNA test on America's Next Top Model revealed Banks is of African, British and Native American ancestry. When Banks was 15 years old, she started modeling while attending school in Los Angeles. She was rejected by four modeling agencies before she was signed by L.A. Models and then switched to Elite Model Management at age 16. When she got the opportunity to model in Europe, she moved to Milan.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Age 5
    In 1979, when Banks was six years old, her parents divorced.
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  • 1973
    Born
    Born on December 4, 1973.
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