Tyra Banks is an American former supermodel and actress who have been actively involved in this show business from 1991 to date. She is also a television personality who has hosted different TV shows, businesswomen, author, and singer. She is also well known for being in the show called ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ where she served as producer, creator, and presenter. Moreover, she has also hosted her talk show named The Tyra Banks Show.

Initially, she began her career in modeling and became the first black model to be featured in magazines. Likewise, she has also been included in the world’s most influential people list by ‘Time’ magazine. After modeling, she served in acting, and her debut professional theater was in 1993 TV series called ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.’ Recently she has been hosting the 29th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2020.

Quick Info
Full NameTyra Lynne Banks
Birth Date4 December 1973
Birth PlaceInglewood, California
FatherDonald Banks
MotherCarolyn London
Age46 years old
Height5 feet and 10 inches (1.78m/178cm)
Weight64 kg (141lbs)
Body Measurement37-24-36 inches
Net Worth$90 million

Tyra Banks

Where was Tyra Banks born?

Tyra Lynne Banks was born as the youngest daughter to parents Donald Banks, a computer consultant, and Carolyn London, a photographer. She was born on 4 December 1973 in Inglewood, California, USA. Since her parents divorced when she was young, Tyra spent her childhood with her mother and older brother Devin. She is currently 47 years old with a Sagittarius star sign.

Where did Tyra receive her education?

Tyra Banks completed his middle school at John Burroughs Middle School and then attended Immaculate Heart High School. During her school days, she faced lots of bullying and body shaming but overcame that due to support from her close friend.

Furthermore, Tyra enrolled at Loyola Marymount University but held her studies and moved to Paris for her modeling assignments when Tyra was just 16 years old. Then in 2011, she enrolled at Harvard Business School and graduated from that school.

What is the distinctive feature of Tyra Banks?

Tyra Banks holds an American nationality, and as per ethnicity, she belongs to the Black race. She follows Christianity as her religion.

Besides this, Tyra stands 5 feet and 10 inches (1.78m/178cm) tall and weighs around 64 kg (141lbs). She has a voluptuous body type measuring 37-24-36 inches, respectively. In addition, she has a pair of brown hair colors with hazel-colored eyes, which makes her look beautiful.

What had Tyra Banks dated?

Tyra Banks previously dated many American figures like Will Smith, Rupert Everett, Seal, Chris Webber, Tyler Perry, Rob Evans, and many more.

She also has dated fashion photographer Erik Asla in 2013, with whom she gave birth to her son York Banks Asla on 27 January 2016 by the surrogacy method. However, this couple has already broke-up after five years of dating.

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Is Tyra socially active?

Tyra Banks is an active user on social media platforms and has a huge fan following. She has 6.7 million followers on her Instagram account (@tyrabanks) and 13.9 thousand followers on her Twitter account (@tyrabanks). Likewise, her Facebook page has 11.6 million followers and 8.5 million likes. She also has her own website (www.tyra.com). Moreover, she has her own YouTube channel from her own name, with 19.6 thousand subscribers.

How did Tyra Banks start her career in the industry?

Tyra is one of the famous celebrities in the entertainment industry. She has worked in the modeling field, and after gaining fame there, she joined the acting career. Learn more about her career here.


Tyra Banks professional began her modeling career when she was 16 years old in 1990 with Elite Model Management Agency. She made contact with them and moved to Paris for modeling assignments for Paris Fashion Week. In the middle of the 1990s, Tyra then moved to the US and did modeling for swimwear and lingerie. She has also worked with various brands and did advertisements for them like Cover Girl, 3 Suisses, Alma Couture, Dolce & Gabbana, Elite chocolate, H & M, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria’s Secret, and many more.

Moreover, she has also been featured in the cover pages of magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue. Likewise, in 1997 she was honored with the name ‘Supermodel of the Year’ by VH1. She then discontinued modeling and decided to pursue a career in other fields.

Television and Film

Tyra Banks showed an interest in acting and has been featured in many TV series and films. Her debut feature film was ‘Higher Learning’ in 1995. She was also cast in television films like ‘The Apartment Complex’ ‘Life-Size 2’ and ‘Love & Basketball.’ She also has done a cameo appearance in movies like ‘Mr. Woodcock’ and ‘Tropic Thunder.’ Other films in her filmography include ‘Coyote Ugly,’ ‘Eight Crazy Nights,’ ‘Halloween: Resurrection,’ ‘Larceny,’ and many more. Tyra has also appeared in different music videos with various artists like Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Mobb Deep, and Drake.

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Furthermore, her debut acting on TV was on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ as Jackie Ames. Here, she appeared in seven episodes in 1993. Meanwhile, from 1996 to 2001, she appeared in various series episodes like ‘All That,’ ‘New York Undercover,’ ‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast,’ ‘Just Shoot Me!,’ ‘The Hughleys,’ ‘Felicity’ and Soul Food. One of her most successful shows is ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ where she was creator, host, and judge.

Likewise, she featured as a guest judge in many model competitions like ‘Top Model PO-Russki,’ ‘Asia’s Next Top Model,’ ‘Australia’s Next Top Model,’ and Korea’s Next Top Model. Similarly, she appeared in ‘Glee,’ ‘Gossip Girl’ and Shake it Up. Recently she is the host for the 29th season of a dancing competition show called ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

What are Tyra Banks achievements?

Tyra Banks has won Teen Choice Award for ‘America’s Next Top Model’ in 2007 and 2008. Similarly, she received Daytime Emmy Award for her talk show ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ in 2008 and 2009.

What is Tyra Banks net worth?

Tyra Banks is one of the famous media personalities. She has earned immense popularity and a massive amount of money from her professional career. Currently, her estimated net worth is $90 million.