- Full Name: Tyra Lynne Banks
- Born: 12/04/1973
- Place of Birth: Inglewood, CA
- Occupation: Actor, Model, Business Woman, Producer, Author
- Marital Status: Single
Tyra Banks Net Worth History
Tyra Banks is one of the most recognizable supermodels in recent history. She blazed trails for African American women in the modeling world, becoming the first African American women to grace the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and GQ, as well as the first-ever African American woman on the cover of Victoria’s Secret’s catalog. She is an accomplished runway, editorial and commercial model who transitioned from modeling to film and television.
Tyra runs her own production company, Bankable Productions, and has hosted, produced, coached on and photographed aspiring models through 22 cycles of America’s Next Top Model. During five years of those cycles, she also hosted The Tyra Banks Show, an innovative daytime talk show that targeted younger women. She won two Daytime Emmy Awards for that show.
Tyra also is an accomplished actor with credits in such varied films as Higher Learning, Disney’s Life-Size, Love Stinks, Love & Basketball, Coyote Ugly and more.
About Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks grew up in the Los Angeles area and was considered, in her own words, an “ugly duckling” when she was younger. By age 15, however, she began modeling. After four modeling agencies turned her down, Banks joined first L.A. Models and then Elite Model Management. She moved to Milan shortly afterwards and booked 25 shows at Paris Fashion week during her first season as a runway model. Her areer blossomed, and she earned dozens of magazine covers and features in editorial campaigns for high-end fashion companies.
While in Europe, Tyra realized the weight she was forced to maintain was unhealthy. She returned to the U.S. and shifted her focus to commercial modeling. Since her commercial success, Tyra has become outspoken about self-esteem and self-perception for females everywhere. Several episodes of The Tyra Banks Show focused on weight issues, particularly after some gossip websites released photos of Tyra in a swimsuit and made remarks about her size. In response, she launched the “So What” campaign to encourage women to love themselves no matter their weight.
Tyra’s public charity, the Tyra Banks TZONE Foundation, also forwards strength in young women. It encourages girls and young women to “realize their ambitions, discover new possibilities within themselves, and approach life’s challenges with fierce detrmination.” TZONE encourages young women through mentoring and support to face and overcome negativity and to embrace their flaws. The foundation started as a camp for young girls in the Los Angeles area and grew to offer resources to nonprofits across the U.S. Now, the foundation focuses on helping inner city girls overcome social pressures in the while coping with other issues inate to living in poverty-stricken areas.
Tyra also is a published writer. Her novel Modelland, which is a loose interpretation of her time as a model, was #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2011. She also co-wrote Tyra’s Beauty, Inside and Out, and has been a contributor for Vogue Italia’s website for years.