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.
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.
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).
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.