Full Name: Tyra Lynne Banks
Date of Birth: December 4, 1973
Profession: Television Personality & Model & Actress & Writer
Tyra Banks was born on December 4, 1973 in America. Her mother Carolyn London (now London-Johnson) is a medical photographer and her father Donald Banks is a computer consultant. She has a brother five years older named Devin. Her parents divorced in 1979 when she was six years old. Banks attended John Burroughs Middle School and graduated from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles in 1991. Growing up, she said, her appearance was mocked and seen as “the ugly duckling.” In America’s Next Top Model, Banks searched the results of an ancestry DNA test from Ancestry.com, and in this study she gave the results that she is of “79% African, 14% British and 6% Native American” ancestry.
Banks started modeling when she was 15 years old while attending school in Los Angeles. L.A. She was rejected by four modeling agencies before signing with Models. She switched to Elite Model Management at the age of 16. After taking the opportunity to model in Europe, she moved to Milan. In her first runway season, she performed in 25 shows at the 1991 Paris Fashion Week. Dhe has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Elle. She appeared in advertising campaigns of Victoria’s Secret, Got Milk ?, Pepsi and Nike. In 1993, Banks signed a contract with CoverGirl cosmetics company and started advertising campaigns for the cosmetics company. It was one of only a few Black models to achieve supermodel status.
Banks’ television career began in the fourth season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, playing lead actor Will Smith’s old friend Jackie Ames. She appeared seven times in the series. She founded the production company “Ty Ty Baby Productions”, which produced The Tyra Banks Show, America’s Next Top Model and the 2008 movie The Clique. Banks’ first big screen role was cast in the 1994 drama Higher Learning. She later portrayed a doll named Eve in the Disney movie Life-Size, with Lindsay Lohan.
Banks dated Norwegian photographer Erik Asla in the 2010s and had a biological son born through surrogacy in January 2016. In 2009, when Oprah Winfrey appeared as a guest actress on the show, she talked about her past relationships and co-hosted with Oprah Winfrey. The episode is dedicated to the violence in response to Chris Brown‘s attack on Rihanna.
Natural Esmar (Dyed Brown)
5ft 10inc (178 Cm)
141 lbs (64 Kg)
37-24-36 inc (94-61-91.5 Cm)