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Tyra Banks

Birth Date: December 4, 1973
Nationality: United States

Banks began her modeling career in high school and 
went on to grace the catwalks for designer’s such as 
Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, 
Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Kors, Armani, Calvin Klein, Ralph 
Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger and Yves 
Saint Laurent as well as the covers of fashion’s most 
influential magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, 
Cosmopolitan, Elle, among others. Banks changed the 
modeling industry as a whole when she was the first 
African American woman on the covers of GQ, the 
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and the Victoria’s 
Secret catalog, also becoming the first African American 
woman with a Victoria’s Secret contract. In 2003, Banks 
transitioned to the small screen with America’s Next Top 
Model, followed by the Tyra Show and she has appeared 
in feature films – her most recent being The Hannah 
Montana Movie.

Banks’ Bankable Enterprises is a New York-based 
company creating programs for television and movies, 
as well as projects for publishing and digital media. 
Recently, Banks announced a deal with Random House 
for a series of young adult novels called Modelland and 
she announced plans for a new digital web portal. Tyra 
Banks is also the creator, executive producer and host 
of 
The CW’s reality television show America's Next Top 
Model, a co-creator of ABC’s True Beauty, host of her 
own talk show, The Tyra Show, and she has new 
television projects in active development. (All info from 
IMG press release May 2010) 

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