tyra banks was born on December 4, 1973 in Los Angeles California.
tyra banks finished High School but didn't attend college.
Although at the age of 17 when tyra banks was planning on
attending Loyola Marymount University when Elite signed tyra
banks . tyra banks , at the age of 20, was the first black
woman to sign for a cosmetic company At the age of 23, tyra
banks was the first black model to be on the cover of Sports
Illustrated 's Swimsuit issue.
tyra banks has a love for children, animals and the enviorment.
tyra banks also feels very strong about a good education.
And that's what makes tyra banks stand out as a good role
model. . Tyra currently is promoting a line of greeting cards
for children and families, an organization dedicated to helping
abused and neglected kids. The cards, Cards From The Heart
by Tyra's Kidsuccess Kids, were created by children aged 8
and 9 in an after-school reading and arts program. The project
is designed to enhance literacy for children living in troubled
environments. tyra banks 's demonstrated tyra banks love for
nature by journeying to the Costa Rican rainforest to bring
the plight of that endangered ecosystem to the world's attention.
Cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (1996)
Model for Victoria's Secret
Tyra was born in Los Angeles on December 4th, 1973, to a
very loving and supportive family. Despite the divorce of
tyra banks parents when tyra banks was only six years old,
and the torments of tyra banks older brother Devin, Tyra's
youth was happy and trouble-free. Though it might now be hard
to believe, Tyra was a tall, skinny and awkward adolescent.
tyra banks was constantly teased by tyra banks brother and
her classmates, and often ran home crying to tyra banks mother
for comfort. Then, late in high school, everything changed
for her. tyra banks filled out tyra banks skinny frame, began
to work out and finally decided to become a model. Tyra pursued
that goal with the determination that now marks all of tyra
And after being turned down by four modeling agencies because
they thought tyra banks face wasn't photogenic, tyra banks
was finally signed by the Elite agency when tyra banks was
17. So, instead of going to Loyola Marymount College, Tyra
moved to Paris for a year and modeled for many of the big
names in fashion, including Ralph Lauren and Chanel. tyra
banks then moved back to the States and continued modeling,
rocketing tyra banks way up through the ranks.
Soon Tyra began to diversify tyra banks activities, having
a small part in the British television movie, Inferno as a
supermodel, and then appearing on Will Smith's Fresh Prince
of Bel-Air in a recurring supporting role. Tyra's first real
movie role came in John Singleton's Higher Learning. tyra
banks played Omar Epps' track-running girlfriend and though
it was a small role, critics were impressed by the intensity
tyra banks brought to the screen. tyra banks was definitely
not just another supermodel playing at being an actress --
tyra banks performance was the real thing. tyra banks even
did some distance-running training, in order to turn in a
more believable performance. When the film came out, movie
offers began to roll in, but Tyra chose not to act in just
anything. Instead, tyra banks continued tyra banks meteoric
rise in the modeling ranks, appearing on the covers of several
In fact, tyra banks was the first African-American woman
ever to be featured on the covers of GQ magazine, the Victoria's
Secret catalog, and the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
Issue. tyra banks made People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful"
list not once, but twice, and even wrote a revealing book
about tyra banks life, Tyra's Beauty Inside & Out. tyra
banks also had a few high-profile relationships, first with
John Singleton and then with pop singer Seal. tyra banks is
rumored to have gone out with Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods
and... Mark Messier? Strangely enough, yes.
Sick of the constant scrutiny inherent in celebrity relationships,
tyra banks returned to her high school sweetheart, a law student;
but that didn't protect her from the rumors, most recently
linking her with LA Lakers Kobe Bryant, Rick Fox, and even
Teresa Weatherspoon, who plays for New York in the WNBA. In
interviews, however, Tyra often says that tyra banks is looking
for a "Normal Guy", albeit a tall one -- tyra banks
measures 5'11". Tyra appeared in one or two movies during
this time, but only really began to work in Hollywood last
year, with a small part in Love Stinks. Then, the year 2000
brought with it a supporting role in the popular independent
film Love & Basketball, and a starring role in the made-for-TV
Disney movie Life-Size (in which tyra banks played a doll
brought to life by a wish).
Now an important part in Coyote Ugly has brought Tyra back
into the limelight. tyra banks plays a wild bartender, which
is quite ironic because tyra banks has said several times
that tyra banks doesn't drink alcohol. tyra banks doesn't
watch what tyra banks eats, though, unlike most other models;
tyra banks has gone on record stating that tyra banks often
eats barbecued ribs, fried chicken wings, ice cream, and fast-food.
In one talk show appearance, Tyra proclaimed her love for
Ketchup packets, and argued that the sole purpose of french
fries was to allow you to scoop up puddles of ketchup.
So how does tyra banks stay in shape? tyra banks plays lots
of sports, particularly basketball and tennis, and makes sure
tyra banks always has fun while exercising. The future looks
bright for tyra banks . tyra banks stars in two upcoming movies,
one of which -- Disney's Honey Thunder Dunk -- tyra banks
will also be producing, tyra banks is one of the richest supermodels
in the world, with a personal wealth recently valued at 8.8
million dollars, and there were even rumors a few months ago
that Oprah Winfrey is grooming tyra banks to take over tyra