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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 competetive reality show America's Next Top Model, an immensely successful franchise that would run from 2003 to 2012. Though her self-absorbed personna 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

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Dec 4, 1973 In Inglewood, California, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Price Is Right 1972-09-04
Latest Project:
Movie The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2010 2010-11-30
Known For
Poster of Glee
Poster of Wild 'n Out
Movie The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2010 Herself 2010-11-30
Series Shake It Up Unknown 2010-11-07
Series Glee Bichette 2009-05-19
Movie Hannah Montana: The Movie Herself 2009-04-10
Movie Tropic Thunder Herself - The Tyra Banks Show 2008-08-09
Series Gossip Girl Ursula Nyquist 2007-09-19
Movie The Pleasure Drivers Eve 2006-06-28
Series America's Got Talent Host 2006-06-21
Series Deal or No Deal Unknown 2005-12-19
Movie The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2005 Tyra Banks 2005-12-06
Series The Tyra Banks Show 2005-09-12
Series Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Unknown 2005-08-03
Series Wild 'n Out Unknown 2005-07-28
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Series Punk'd Unknown 2003-03-17
Series America's Next Top Model Herself - Host 2003-05-20
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2003 Tyra Banks 2003-11-19
Movie Eight Crazy Nights Victoria's Secret Gown (voice) 2002-11-27
Movie The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2002 Tyra Banks 2002-11-20
Series American Dreams Unknown 2002-09-29
Movie Halloween: Resurrection Nora 2002-07-01
Series E! Live from the Red Carpet Herself 2002-01-13
Movie The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2001 Herself - Model 2001-11-15
Movie Fulltime Killer Tyra Banks 2001-08-03
Movie Coyote Ugly Zoe 2000-07-30
Movie Love & Basketball Kyra Kessler 2000-04-21
Movie Life-Size Eve 2000-03-05
Movie Love Stinks Holly Garnett 1999-09-10
Series The Price Is Right Barker´s Beauty 1972-09-04