Tyra Banks Net Worth, Height, Bio, Facts

Tyra Banks Biography
  • Name: Tyra Banks
  • Age: 44 years old
  • Height: 5ft 10in (178 cm)
  • Occupation: TV Personality
  • Net Worth: US $90 Million
  • Status: Alive

Tyra Banks is an American TV personality, actress and businesswoman. She’s best known for creating and hosting ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ and ‘America’s Next Top Model’. Her film credits include Love Stinks (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000) and Halloween: Resurrection (2002). Banks is also a successful model and author. She’s the first black woman to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Her publications include Tyra’s Beauty Inside & Out (1998) and Modelland (2011). Banks was born on December 4, 1973 in Inglewood, California. Her mother, Carolyn, is a photographer/business manager, and her father, Donald, a computer consultant. She has an older brother named Devin. Banks is a 1991 graduate of Los Angeles’ Immaculate Heart High School. She completed a certificate program at Harvard Business School in 2012.

Banks began her rise to stardom as a fashion model. She worked briefly with IMG Models before signing to Elite Model Management in 1990. One of her first professional shoot was for the teen magazine ‘Seventeen’. She moved to Paris shortly after. In 1991, Banks appeared in multiple runaway shows during Paris Fashion Week. She followed up with editorials for Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vanity Fair among others. Banks has since modeled for big names like Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Fendi. She inked a contract with CoverGirl cosmetics in 1993. She’s also done advertising campaigns for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, Victoria’s Secret, Nike and Tommy Hilfiger. Banks made history as the first black woman to be featured on the covers of GQ magazine (1996) and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition (1997). She was honored with the Michael Award for “Supermodel of the Year” in 1997. Bank’s first book ‘Tyra’s Beauty Inside & Out’ was published in 1998. It was co-written by Vanessa Thomas Bush. She launched the teen program/camp ‘TZONE’ in 1999.

Banks made her television debut in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1993). She was cast in a recurring role as “Jackie Ames”, Will Smith‘s love interest. Other early television appearances followed in New York Undercover, Just Shoot Me!, The Hughleys, and Felicity. Banks’ feature film debut was the drama, Higher Learning (1995), starring Omar Epps and Ice Cube. She co-starred with Busta Rhymes in the slasher, Halloween: Resurrection (2002). She had a supporting role opposite Piper Perabo and Adam Garcia in Coyote Ugly (2000). Her film credits also include Love Stinks (1999), Love & Basketball (2000) and Larceny (2004). She made cameo appearances in Mr. Woodcock (2007) and Tropic Thunder (2008).

Banks is the founder and CEO of ‘Bankable Productions’, an independent film/television production company. Her first notable production was the reality series America’s Next Top Model. The show features aspiring models competing for the title of America’s Next Top Model. The show ran on UPN from 2003 to 2006, and on The CW from 2006 to 2015. It began airing on VH1 starting with season 23 in December 2016. Banks premiered her daytime television talk show ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ in 2005. The show has won 2 Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding talk show. The 5th and final season ended in May 2010. Bankable Productions is also known for the shows Stylista, True Beauty, and FABLife. Their first film ‘The Clique’ was released in 2008. It was directed by Michael Lembeck and starred Elizabeth McLaughlin. Banks’ other projects include the cosmetic line called ‘TYRA Beauty’. Her second book ‘Modelland’ was published in 2011.

Tyra Banks stands tall at 5ft 10in. She’s a mix of African, British and Native American. Her personal net worth is estimated at $90 million. Banks has a son, York Banks Asla, with ex-boyfriend Erik Asla. She’s also been linked to Craig Taylor, John Singleton, John Utendahl and Chris Webber.

Tyra Banks Bio, Net Worth, Facts
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Tyra Banks Age, Birthday, Salary, Wiki

  • Birth Name: Tyra Lynne Banks
  • Birthday: December 4, 1973
  • How Old : Age: 44 years old
  • Place of Birth: Inglewood, California, United States
  • Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
  • How Tall : Height: 5ft 10in (178 cm)
  • Occupation: TV Personality, Actress, Model, Businesswoman, Author
  • Years Active: 1991-present
  • Net Worth & Salary: US $90 Million
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  • Death-O-Meter: Alive

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