Tyra Banks is a former model, author, actress, and television personality. She first became famous as a model, appearing twice on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and working for Victoria’s Secret as one of their original Angels.
Tyra Banks is the creator and host of the UPN/The CW reality television show America’s Next Top Model, co-creator of True Beauty, and was the host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show.
Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world’s most influential people by Time magazine.
Tyra Banks has appeared in several music videos, including Michael Jackson’s “Black or White”, Tina Turner’s “Love Thing”, Mobb Deep’s “Trife Life”, George Michael’s “Too Funky” (with supermodels Linda Evangelista, Estelle Lefebure, Emma Sjoberg and Nadja Auermann ) and Lionel Richie’s “Don’t Wanna Lose You”. In 2004, she recorded her first single.
Tyra Banks released a single with NBA player Kobe Bryant, entitled “K.O.B.E.,” which was performed on NBA TV.” She also has a single on the soundtrack to Disney Channel’s Original Movie Life-Size called “Be A Star.”
Tyra Banks announced in May 2010 that she would be writing a novel, titled Modelland, loosely based on her own modelling experience. It explains how she was still able to make it as a model despite having a giant forehead. Published September 2011, it is the first of a planned three-part series.
On an interview with Good Morning America, Tyra Banks stated that Modelland is the story of four girls who are accepted into an “exclusive” modelling school in the world of Modelland. Her first novel, Modelland, hit the New York Times best seller list in October 2011. In 1998, Banks co-authored a book entitled Tyra’s Beauty, Inside and Out.
In 2004, Tyra Banks recorded her first single, “Shake Ya Body,” which had a music video featuring the final six contestants on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 2. The video world-premiered on UPN.
In March 2011, Tyra Banks launched her fashion and beauty website called “typeF.com”, which she co-created with Demand Media.
How Tyra Banks Made Her Money – Model, Actress and Television Personality
Estimated Net Worth: $90 Million
Birthday: December 4, 1973
[image via David Shankbone]