Los Angeles, California, USA
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Victoria's Secret Angel
Producer, Writer, Actor/Actress
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Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an African-American television personality, author, actress, singer, executive producer, talk show host, and former supermodel. She is well known for her role as the host and judge of the reality television show America`s Next Top Model. Banks is widely recognized as one of the world`s premier fashion models, and was one of the original Victoria`s Secret Angels. Banks also currently hosts her own daytime talk show The Tyra Banks Show.
Tyra Banks was born in Los Angeles, California, USA to Don Banks and Carolyn London. She was raised in Inglewood, California with her brother Devin, and attended Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girl, independent Catholic private school in Los Angeles. Growing up, she was very thin and often teased; she was considered to be "ugly." Banks later said that this was a very difficult period for her and she developed a "very strong self-image problem."
In 1991, Banks was about to begin her freshman year at Loyola Marymount University when Elite Model Management gave the 17-year-old her first modeling job. Prior to this entry into the fashion world, Banks had been rejected several times for modeling assignments. In fact, she states that she did not consider her first job to be the start of a long career in fashion: "An agent saw pictures of me and said that I was the only girl she wanted to take back to Paris... I didn`t leave thinking I was going to be some big fashion model. I just wanted to make money for college."
Immaculate Heart High School, Los Angeles, California
Claremont McKenna College, Loyola Marymount College
www.tyrabanks.com, www.thetyrashow.com, www.tzone.com, missthotmail.com, tyra.com
Full Name at Birth
Tyra Lynne Banks
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Lens Crafters, CoverGirl, Dolce & Gabbana, Nike, Victoria's Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Elite Chocolate, Escada, H&m, Got Milk?
Model, Actress, Talk Show Host, Producer, Photographer
Carolyn London - Johnson
Kimora Lee Simmons (served as maid of honor at the wedding), Russell Simmons (godmother of daughter Ming Lee), Tasha Smith (actress, appearances on The Tyra Show and America's Next Top Model), Isiah Thomas (coach of the Knicks and is an uncle figure to her), Beyonce Knowles (the two have also been mistaken for one another), Naomi Campbell (the two reconciled on her talk show (November 2005)), Clay Aiken, Janet Jackson, Will Smith (also dated for sometimes), Tiger Woods (best friend even after their break up), Ashanti, Alicia Keys
Oprah Winfrey (her rolemodel), Barack Obama (he is also a friend and like a brother to her)
Clifford Johnson (step father)
Little TJ (Dog)
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
Rib Eye Steaks, Cream Of Wheat With Lots Of Sugar And Butter, Pad Thai, Tea With Milk And Sugar, Cheetos, Ice Cream
Favorite TV Shows
Will And Grace
If Only For One Night (Luther Vandross), Deja Vu (Beyonce), I'm Every Woman (Chaka Khan), Get Off (Prince), Just For Today (Indie Arie), One More Chance (Biggie)
Favorite TV Shows
Heroes, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Boyz Ii Men, Extreme
Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an American television personality, producer, author, actress, and former model.
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Los Angeles, Paris, Milan, Madrid, China, London
Black, Green, Yellow
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Selita Ebanks, Karen Mulder, Niki Taylor, Heidi Klum, Crystal Renn, Marcus Schenkenberg, Britney Spears, Tyson Beckford, Chanel Iman, Iman, Noemie Lenoir, Beverly Peele, Veronica Webb
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Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Print ad for Liz Claiborne (1993), Print ad for America's Milk Processors "got milk?" milk mustache campaign (1998).
www.nndb.com/people/757/000025682/, twitter.com/tyrabanks, instagram.com/tyrabanks#, www.facebook.com/TyraBanks
: Harvard Business School (2011)