Who is Tyra Banks and what is her net worth? Tyra Banks is a former model who became the first African American woman to be on the cover of GQ. She is also a TV personality, actress, businesswoman, author, singer, and producer. She was also a Victoria Secret’s angel for 9 years. In the early 2000s, she was one of the top earning models in the world. She was seen in the 1993 series ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and in 1995 she made her movie debut in ‘Higher Learning’. She is the creator of the reality TV series ‘America’s Next Top Model’. She also has her own talk show called ‘The Tyra Banks Show’.
Tyra Lynne Banks was born on December 4, 1973, in Inglewood, California. She was born to parents Carolyn London and Donald Banks. Her mother was a medical photographer and her father was a computer consultant. She has an older brother by the name Devin. When she was six years old, Banks’ parents divorced. She went to John Burroughs Middle School and later went to Immaculate Heart High School.
She completed her graduation in 1991. As a child, she was teased for being an ‘ugly duckling’. At the age of 11 years, she lost 30 pounds and increased three inches in a period of three months. When she was 15 years old, she started doing modelling. She was signed by L.A. Models and later moved to Elite Model Management when she was 16.
Tyra Banks started dating photographer Erik Asla from Norway in 2013. She has a son named York Banks-Asla born through surrogacy in January 2016.
Tyra Banks did her first runway season in the Paris Fashion Week 1991. She then appeared on the covers of various magazines like Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and Cosmopolitan. She also walked for Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Sonia Rykiel, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Calvin Klein, and Givenchy. She has appeared twice on the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’.
Banks has also appeared in various TV shows like Felicity, Wild ‘n Out, and The Price is Right. She started her own production company called ‘Bankable Productions’ and started the shows Tyra Bank Shows and America’s Next Top Model. She has also produced the movie ‘The Clique’ in 2008. She has appeared in several movies like ‘Life-Size’, ‘Love Stinks’, ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’, ‘Coyote Ugly’, ‘Halloween: Resurrection,’ and ‘Love & Basketball’.
Tyra Banks has also appeared in various music videos including “Black or White” by Michael Jackson, “Love Thing” by Tina Turner, “Too Funky” by George Michael, and “Trife Life” by Mobb Deep. In 1998, she co-authored the book called ‘Tyra’s Beauty, Inside and Out’. Her novel ‘Modelland’ was published in 2011. In 2013, she changed herself into 15 supermodels with the help of Udo Spreitzenbarth, a fashion photographer.
Tyra Banks has won the Daytime Emmy Awards twice out of three nominations. She has won two Teen Choice Awards out of seven nominations. In 2009, she won the GLAAD Media Awards. She has also received the Online Film & Television Association nomination in 2005.
Tyra Banks Net Worth
Tyra banks novel topped the Best Seller list of New York Times in 2011. In her career, she has done modelling all the big names in the fashion industry. Regarded as one of the highest paid models of the early 2000s, Tyra Banks’s net worth is an estimated $100 million.
She owes this wealth to her modelling career and also to her TV shows. She has appeared in a number of music videos, TV series, and films. She is also a writer and is also a guest lecturer at the Stanford University. Banks have also launched her own production company and have produced shows and movies. She is also the founder of the cosmetic band called Tyra Beauty.
Tyra Banks acts as the patron of TZONE program. She has created the Tyra Banks scholarship which helps to provide funds for African American girls to attend Immaculate Heart High School. In her career, she has appeared in 8 music videos, 26 TV shows, and 13 films. Her website “typeF.com” was launched in March 2011.