Tyra Lynne Banks, aka BanX is a woman with a phenomenal personality. She is an American TV personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, model and singer. She was able to set the record as the first African-American to be featured on the covers of GQ and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Moreover, BanX is also popular for her acting skills, she devoted in many TV series and movies and reality TV series, America’s Next Top Model and America’s Got Talent. Plus, she held the title of the Legendary Supermodel ranked amongst the seventeen models by MODELS.com.
Scroll down to know more details regarding her professional life, marriage life, child, early life, net worth and much more….
Early Life, Age, Family & Education
Tyra Banks was born on December 4, 1993 in Inglewood, California. Her mother Carolyn London (now London Johnson), is a medical photographer and her father Donald Banks is a computer consultant. As a sibling she has a brother named David, who is five years older.
In 1979, unfortunately, her parents got divorced when she was only 6 years old. However, she wasn’t affected much by her parents’ separation as she was too young. She recalls her childhood and confesses that she used to stay with her mommy during the weekdays and daddy during the weekends. Banks says, “I had two birthday parties, two Christmas, double the present double the fun.” Therefore, she grew up with much love & affection from the family.
Talking about her school days, she revealed that she was of mean, popular and gossipy nature. While schooling in Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, she noticed certain changes in her body. She lost 30 pounds weight and grew 3 inches taller. Her friends bullied her with humiliating names such as ugly duckling, giraffe, lightbulb head. However, this turned her from being popular to normal freak. Because of her friends teasing and abusing incident, she learned the ‘importance of kindness’.
In 2011, to help her build cosmetic brand Tyra Beauty, Banks enrolled at Harvard Business School. Here she completed her special course for CEOs and other top executives in early 2012.
Rise to Stardom: Modelling Career
BanX began her modelling career at the fresh age of 15 while attending school at Los Angeles. Reportedly, her first attempt to find modelling contract met with rejection and discrimination by four modelling agencies before L.A. Models signed her.
In 1990, at the age of 17, Banks signed a contract with Elite Model Management, the largest modelling agency in the world. There she proved herself from her first runway season, booking 25 shows in 1991’s Paris Fashion Week. Furthermore, she appeared in the editorials for Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, V; W and Vanity Fair fashion magazines. Similarly, fashion icon, BanX appeared in the covers magazines of Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Spanish Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and Teen Vogue.
Slaying her sensual body she did runway fashion shows for Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Sui, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein. Further list includes Perry Ellis, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Herve Leger, Valentino, Fendi, Isaac Mizrahi, Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel and Michael Kors. In addition, she came up in advertising campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Halston, H&M, XOXO, Swatch, Versace, Christian Lacroix, Victoria’s Secret, Got Milk?, Pepsi and Nike.
Tyra Banks accomplished significant success in the modelling field when she signed a lucrative contract with CoverGirl cosmetics in 1993. Again, adding to her achievements, in 1997, she won the VH1 award for the “Supermodel of the Year”. She also won two Teen Choice Awards for Favorite Supermodel. Tyra became the first woman to brace the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was the first African American woman on the cover of GQ and the Victoria’s Secret catalog.
Acting, Reality TV & Talk Shows
Movies & TV Series:
Besides her modeling career she was also winning people’s heart through her brilliant acting skill. She made her debut in 1993 with the TV series,“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. After that, she enjoyed a prominent role in 1995 drama Higher Learning. Banks also played in the series including Felicity, MADtv, Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘n Out and The Price is Right.
Actress, Banks appeared in the trio of popular movies named, Love & Basketball, Coyote Ugly and Life Size in 2000. Likewise, other movies include Love Stinks (1999), Halloween: Resurrection (2002) and Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009). More credit includes appearances in Gossip Girl and Glee.
America’s Next Top Model:
In 2003, Banks made her first attempt in the world of reality TV as an executive producer; creating, producing and hosting UPN’s highest rated show America’s Next Top Model. The show chooses the deserving candidate for the title of America’s Next Top Model creating competition between aspiring models. She continued her journey in the show for the first twenty-two seasons until the series cancellation in October 2015. After that, she enlisted Rita Ora as the host for the twenty- third cycle.
The Tyra Banks Show:
Banks expanded her TV career with her own talk show “The Tyra Show” in 2005 which collected the fame in 2007. In February 2007, her several unflattering pictures in a bathing suit got surfaced in tabloid magazines. Banks marched onstage wearing the same bathing suit and openly told the critics to “Kick my fat ass”. Above all, she had a very hilarious sense of humor though. Therefore, she was rewarded with two Daytime Emmy Awards subsequently in 2008 & 2009 for her amazing performance. After 5 years on the air, Banks said goodbye to her talkshow. The reason was she was focusing on “bringing positive images of women to the big screen”.
America’s Got Talent:
In 2015, Banks entered the new talk show called FABLife where she contributed for two months. In 2017, she hosted a reality competition series, “America’s Got Talent” as the replacement of the former host, Nick Cannon. Banks spend two seasons in a role.
Banks has also been ranked as the world’s most influential people by Time Magazine in 2011 for her astounding novel Modelland. The Novel depicts about her life and experiences in the industry. Therefore, it was the best-selling novel of that time.
Personal Life: Bank’s Love Life & Child
Tyra Banks who rarely talks about her love life in public, bonded with several well-known celebrities over the years. They include director John Singleton, American actor Will Smith, basketball player Chris Webber and American businessman John Utendahl. In January 2016, Banks and her boyfriend, Norwegian photographer, Erik Asla, welcomed a baby boy named York Banks Asla. Banks revealed that their biological son came into the world via a surrogate mother.
Banks’ Net Worth
According to the sources, her estimated net worth is $90 million. Banks earns annually over $25 million from her profession. She is one of the highest paid supermodels in Hollywood. BanX holds around 9.4 million followers in Facebook, 14.7 million followers in Twitter & 6.5 million followers in Instagram.
Physical appearance of Tyra Banks
God gifted her with naturally brunette (brown colored) hair and Hazel eye color. Tyra Banks has a perfect height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.78m) & 64kgs of weights. Banks has a seductive body size of 37-24-36 and bra size of 34C. BanX has dress size 6 (US) and shoes size 9 (US).
Facts of Tyra Lynne Banks
|Full Name:||Tyra Lynne Banks|
|Birth Date:||December 4, 1993|
|Profession:||American TV personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, model and singer|
|Height:||5 feet 10 inches (1.78m)|
|Net Worth||$90 million|
|Birth Place||Inglewood, California|
|Education||Immaculate Heart High School (LA) & Harvard Business School|
|Mother||Carolyn London (now London Johnson)|
|Kids||York Banks Asla|
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