Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks
"A smart model is a good model," Tyra Banks was once quoted as saying, and she seems destined to prove it in every way. Now widely known as one of the world's foremost supermodels, Banks began her modeling career at the age of 17 with the Elite agency after flirting with attending college at Loyola Marymount. The 5' 11" beauty was quickly discovered in Los Angeles, her birth city, and offered a healthy contract with cosmetics company Cover Girl -- becoming only the third African-American woman in the world to secure such an opportunity. Her striking looks and business savvy extended to several offers, including assignments with Ralph Lauren and various magazine covers (over 20 to be exact), including Sports Illustrated and most notably GQ, where Banks became the first black woman ever to grace the cover. In addition to various ads and runway gigs, Banks decided to branch out into feature films, scoring a few  high-profile gigs, starring as Omar Epps' love interest in John Singleton's racially charged drama Higher Learning (1995) and snagging a stint opposite Will Smith on TV's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. These breakout roles led to more film work, including a British sexploitation film called Inferno and a comic turn in 1999's Love Stinks with actors French Stewart and Bill Bellamy. In 2000, Banks landed a high-profile gig in the critically dismissed but lively Jerry Bruckheimer production Coyote Ugly. Banks would find a useful avenue for her skills as a producer, host, and co-creator of the competitive reality show America's Next Top Model, an immensely successful franchise that would run from 2003 to 2012. Though her self-absorbed persona would often find her the subject of mockery, Banks would also launch an unsuccessful music career as well as a talk show, and a handful of other reality shows, like True Beauty and Stylista. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi
Name Tyra Banks
Also Known As Tayra Benks, Tyra Lynne Banks
Birthday 1973-12-04
Gender Female
IMDB Tyra Banks profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Inglewood, California, USA
As: Nora
2002-07-01
Halloween: Resurrect...
As: Zoe
2000-07-30
Coyote Ugly...
As: Victoria's Secret Go
2002-11-27
Eight Crazy Nights...
As: Kyra Kessler
2000-04-21
Love & Basketball...
As: Eve
2000-03-05
Life-Size...
As: Holly Garnett
1999-09-10
Love Stinks...
As: Deja
1995-01-11
Higher Learning...
As: Herself
2010-11-30
The Victoria's Secre...
As: Tyra Banks
2005-12-06
The Victoria's Secre...
As: Tyra Banks
2003-11-19
The Victoria's Secre...
As: Tyra Banks
2002-11-20
The Victoria's Secre...
As: Herself - Model
2001-11-15
The Victoria's Secre...
As: Herself - The Tyra B
2008-08-13
Tropic Thunder...
As: Herself
2002-12-10
Cleavage...
As: Herself
2009-04-10
Hannah Montana: The ...
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2003-01-26
Jimmy Kimmel Live!...
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2003-09-16
All of Us...
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2005-08-03
Kathy Griffin: My Li...
As: Barker´s Beauty
1972-09-04
The Price Is Right...
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2005-09-12
The Tyra Banks Show...
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1996-07-22
The Daily Show with ...
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1992-05-25
The Tonight Show wit...
As: Ursula Nyquist
2007-09-19
Gossip Girl...
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2006-01-13
Web Junk 20...
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1994-04-15
Space Ghost Coast to...
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2000-06-28
Soul Food...
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2002-09-29
American Dreams...
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1995-10-14
MADtv...
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1993-09-13
Late Night with Cona...
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1997-03-04
Just Shoot Me!...
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2009-05-19
Glee...
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2004-01-01
On Air with Ryan Sea...
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2001-09-17
Good Day Live...
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2010-11-07
Shake It Up...
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2004-09-13
The Tony Danza Show...
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1969-11-10
Sesame Street...
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2003-09-08
The Ellen DeGeneres ...
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1952-01-14
Today...
As: Jackie Ames
1990-09-10
The Fresh Prince of ...
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1997-08-11
The View...
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2005-07-28
Wild 'n Out...
As: Herself
2003-03-17
Punk'd...
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1998-09-29
Felicity...
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1999-11-01
The Early Show...
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1994-09-08
New York Undercover...
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1998-09-22
The Hughleys...
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2003-07-13
E!'s 101...
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2005-12-19
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As: Herself
2002-01-13
E! Live From the Red...
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1981-02-14
Wanna bet, that..?...
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1995-12-05
The Harald Schmidt S...
As: Herself - Host / Jud
2003-05-20
America's Next Top M...
As: Herself - Host
2003-05-20
America's Next Top M...
As: Herself
2015-05-12
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