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Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

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Birth date: December 4, 1973
Country: United States
Height: 1.78 m / 5.8 ft

Overview

Tyra Banks always wanted to become a professional model, so she attended model agencies since she was fifteen years old. About six model agencies unfortunately turned her down, and only at the age of sixteen was she signed by Elite Model Management. Once Bank understood she can get a chance to model on European stages, she moved to Milan and launched her fashion career.
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Model Bio

The American model set a few records along her modeling career, including being the first African-American model on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (1997) and GQ Magazine (2000). She was also the first-ever African-American woman chosen for the cover of the Victoria's Secret catalogue.

Rocking the Runway

Tyra Banks’ modeling career includes mainly performances on the annual Victoria's Secret shows. The American model featured as one of the labels' Angels between 1997 – 2005, and along those years received the privilege to present some of the sexiest, naughtiest and newest lingerie designs.

Ad Star

Apart from her success as a VS Angel, Banks completed several advertising campaigns. Her first campaign was for Dolce & Gabbana in 1993 photographed by Steven Meisel and that same year, she also modeled for Ralph Lauren. In addition, Banks was also chosen to feature as the spokesperson for CoverGirl (1995) and was photographed for a Tommy Hilfiger ad campaign (1997).

Off the Runways

In 2003, Banks became host and producer of the television show - “America's Next Top Model”. Two years later, in 2005, Banks announced she was ending her fashion career in order to focus on different areas and activities. The same year, she developed and broadcasted her own television show - “The Tyra Banks Show”.

In 2011, Banks released her first novel - “Modelland” - based on her own experience as a professional top model. It is the first of a planned three-parts series.