• FULL NAME: Tyra Lynne Banks
  • DATE OF BIRTH: December 4, 1973
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles, California
  • EYES: Green
  • HAIR: Dark Brown
  • OCCUPATION: Supermodel, actress, author, producer, presenter and occasional singer


Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an American television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, former model and occasional singer. Born in Inglewood, California, she began her career as a model at age 15, and was the first African American woman to be featured on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, on which she appeared twice. She was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1997 to 2005. By the early 2000s, Banks was one of the top-earning models in the world.

When Banks was 15 years old, she started modeling while attending school in Los Angeles. She was rejected by four modeling agencies before she was signed by L.A. Models and then switched to Elite Model Management at age 16. When she got the opportunity to model in Europe, she moved to Milan. In her first runway season, she was booked in 25 shows at the 1991 Paris Fashion Week. Banks has appeared in editorials for American, Italian, French, and Spanish Vogue, American, French, German, and Spanish Elle, American, German, and Malaysian Harper's BazaarVW, and Vanity Fair. She would later appear on the covers of magazines such as ElleHarper's Bazaar, American, Italian, German, British, Turkish, French and Spanish VogueCosmopolitanSeventeen, and Teen Vogue.

She has walked the runways for Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Sui, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Herve Leger, Valentino, Fendi, Isaac Mizrahi, Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, Michael Kors and others.

She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Halston, H&M, XOXO, Swatch, Victoria's Secret, Got Milk?, Pepsi and Nike. In 1993, Banks signed a contract with CoverGirl cosmetics, launching advertising campaigns for the cosmetics company. In the mid-1990s, Banks returned to America to do more commercial modeling.

Banks was the first African American woman on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 1997, she received the VH1 award for "Supermodel of the Year". That same year, she became the first-ever African American chosen for the cover of the Victoria's Secret catalog. She was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1997 to 2005.In 2010, Banks re-signed with her former modeling agency IMG Models. Banks is now a contributor of the Vogue Italia website. She has since started focusing on her film career and hosting her own TV show.

Banks' television career began on the fourth season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in which she played lead character Will Smith's old friend Jackie Ames. She made seven appearances in the series. Other TV credits include Felicity, All ThatMADtvNick Cannon's Wild 'n Out (in which she was featured as a special guest host and team captain) and The Price Is Right (guest-starring as a "Barker's Beauty"). She also appeared as a guest in the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast in an episode entitled "Chinatown".

Banks started her production company, "Ty Ty Baby Productions" — soon afterward changed to Bankable Productions — which produced The Tyra Banks ShowAmerica's Next Top Model and the 2008 movie The Clique. Banks is the executive producer and former presenter and judge of America's Next Top Model. In addition, she hosted The Tyra Banks Show, a daytime talk show aimed at younger women, which premiered on September 12, 2005, and ran until May 28, 2010. In 2008, Banks won the Daytime Emmy Award for her work and production on The Tyra Banks Show, and won for the second time in a row for outstanding, informative talkshow in 2009. On May 30, 2014, Disney–ABC Domestic Television announced their plans to develop a lifestyle syndicated talk show, with Banks serving as executive producer and host, to debut sometime in 2015.

Banks' first big screen role came in 1994, when she co-starred in the drama Higher Learning. She then co-starred with Lindsay Lohan in the Disney film Life-Size, playing a doll named Eve who comes to life. Other films she has starred in include Love Stinks (1999), Love & Basketball (2000), Coyote Ugly (2000), Halloween: Resurrection (2002) and Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009).Banks appeared in the fourth episode of the third season of Gossip Girl playing Ursula Nyquist, a larger-than-life actress. She also appeared on the Disney Channel show Shake It Up as a school librarian.

In 2012, reported that Banks would co-create and produce an ABC comedy series based on her teenage years titled Fivehead.

Banks starred in the round table lineup talk show FABLife alongside model Chrissy Teigen, fashion stylist Joe Zee, interior designer Lauren Makk, and YouTube personality Leah Ashley. Banks quit the series after less than three months to focus on her cosmetics company.

She is friends with the models Beverly Peele, Chanel Iman, Karen Mulder, Iman, Niki Taylor, Kimora Lee Simmons, Noemie Lenoir, Selita Ebanks, Heidi Klum, Marcus Schenkenberg and Tyson Beckford. For a long time she had a feud with Naomi Campbell, dramatized by media, however it was fuelled by Campbell. Banks made a decision to invite Campbell to her talkshow, where they settled their differences once and for all.


3 Suisses , Alma Couture, Cover Girl, Dolce & Gabbana, Elite chocolate, Escada, Gottex, H & M, Got Milk?, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Rifat Ozbek, Swatch skin, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria's Secret, X-O-X-O , Yves Saint Laurent.

Fashion ShowsEdit

Ready-To-Wear - Fall/Winter 1991 { Oscar De La Renta }

Ready-To-Wear - Spring/Summer 1992 { Anna Molinari, Azzedine Alaia, Badgley Mischka, Bill Blass, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Gamma Seta, Gemma Kahng, Enrico Coveri, Jin Abe, Hanae Mori, Karl Lagerfeld, Katharine Hammnet, Maria Snyder, Nicole Miller, Oscar de la Renta,Paco Rabbane, Sonia Rykiel }

Ready-To-Wear - Fall/Winter 1992 { Alberta Ferretti, Anna Sui, Byblos, Byron Lars, Chanel, Claude Montana, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gaetano Navarra, Hiroko Koshino, Isaac Mizrahi, Jil Sander, Junko Koshino, Karl Lagerfeld, Marina Spadafora, Michel Klein, Mila Schon, Oscar de la Renta, Perry Ellis, Sportmax, Todd Oldham, Yuki Tori, Yves Saint Laurent }

Haute Couture - Spring/Summer 1992 { Yves Saint Lauren }

Haute Couture - Fall/Winter 1992 { Thierry Mugler }

Ready-To-Wear - Spring/Summer 1993 { Anne Klein, Chantal Thomas, Fendi, Gaetano Navarra, Isaac Mizrahi, Les Copains, Marina Spadafora, Mark Eisen, Michael Kors, Oliver by Valentino, Perry Ellis, Todd Oldham }

Ready-To-Wear - Fall/Winter 1993 { Anne Klein, Claude Montana, Donna Karan, Hervé Leger, Isaac Mizrahi, Kenzo, Mark Eisen, Nicole Miller, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Rifat Ozbek, Sonya Rykel, Todd Oldham, Yves Saint Laurent }

Ready-To-Wear - Spring/Summer 1994 { Betsey Johnson, Claude Montana, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Complice, Giorgio Armani, Herve Leger, Kenzo, Laura Biagotti, Lolita Lempicka, Nicole Miller, Ralph Lauren, Romeo Giglli, Cynthia Rowley, Todd Oldham, Yves Saint Laurent }

Ready-To-Wear - Fall/Winter 1994 { Calvin Klein, Maria Snyder }

Haute Couture - Spring/Summer 1994 { Christian Dior }

Ready-To-Wear - Spring/Summer 1995 { Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Cynthia Rowley, Dorothee Bis, Ellen Tracy, Gemma Kahng, Hervé Leger, Issey Miyaki, Jerome L'Huilier, Krizia, Lolita Lempicka, Magaschoni, Nicole Miller, Rena Lange, Todd Oldham, Vivienne Tam, Yves Saint Laurent }

Haute Couture - Spring/Summer 1995 { Yves Saint Laurent }

Ready-To-Wear - Spring/Summer 1996 { Herve Leger, Jantzen Swimwear, Passport }

Ready-To-Wear - Fall/Winter 1995 { Bill Blass, Cynthia Rowley, Edina Ronay, Ellen Tracy, Nicole Miller, Todd Oldham }

Haute Couture - Spring/Summer 1997 { Thierry Mugler }

Ready-To-Wear - Spring/Summer 2003 { Trilogy }

Victoria's Secret { 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 }