Beauty + Talent + Attitude = Tyra Banks

Tyra Lynne Banks is an American model, media personality, actress, occasional singer, and businesswoman. Tyra is the creator and host of the UPN/The CW reality television show America’s Next Top Model, co-creator of True Beauty, and host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show.

Tyra was born in Los Angeles on December 4, 1973, the daughter of Carolyn, a fashion manager and NASA photographer, and Donald Banks, a computer consultant. She began modeling when she was still in her 11th grade.

She first became famous as a model in Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo and New York, for all the big names from Anna Sui and Dolce & Gabbana to Richard Tyler. Within Tyra’s first week in Paris, designers were so entranced by her presence on the runway that she was booked for an unprecedented twenty-five shows – a record in the business for a newcomer.

In 1997, she received the Michael Award for Supermodel of the Year. Also in ’97, she was chosen for the cover of the Victoria’s Secret catalog, making her the first African American to be so honored. Tyra retired from modeling in May 2005 to concentrate on her television show. She walked the runway for the final time at the 2005 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Tyra was the first black woman to be feature on an Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover. In February of 2006, Tyra celebrated her 10th anniversary of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue by recreating her debut shot on the beach in the Bahamas.

In 2000 she became the producer, hostess and head judge of America’s Next Top Model. The show has spawned spin-offs around the globe, including Australia’s Next Top Model and Canada’s Next Top Model.

Tyra also has her own talk show, she hosts The Tyra Banks Show, a daytime talk show aimed at younger women that promotes the female body and mind no matter what the size, shape or color. In 2008, Tyra won the Daytime Emmy Award for her work and production on The Tyra Banks Show.

Tyra is #4 in the list of 25 sexiest models in the world. According to WallStreetFighter, she is also one of the 12 Highest Earning Hotties.

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