Tyra Banks

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© David Shankbone


Tyra Banks was born on December 4, 1973 in Inglewood, California. She is a television personality, an actress and an author. She was a former American Supermodel. Banks started her modeling career when she was 15 years old, while attending her Los Angeles school. People magazine named her as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World,” in 1994. She received the Supermodel of the Year award from VH1, in 1997. Banks was also named as “Woman of the Year” in 2000 by Sports Illustrated. She is the host and creator of the reality TV show America’s Next Top Model and was the host in her talk show – The Tyra Banks Show (2005-2010). Banks has also appeared in numerous television series, films and music videos. In her personal life, she attended John Burroughs Middle School and in 1991, she graduated from Los Angeles’ Immaculate Heart High School. In the 1990s, Banks was linked to John Singleton and Will Smith. She also dated Chris Webber between 2001 and 2004. Tyra Banks is a style diva and is known for wearing Kai perfume.