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Name:
     Tyra Banks
Given Name:
     Banks, Tyra Lynne
Birthdate:
     December 4th, 1973
Hometown:
     Los Angeles, California, USA



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Tyra Banks Biography


Banks was born in Inglewood, California and attended Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girls, independent Catholic private school in Los Angeles. Growing up, Banks was very thin and often teased; she was considered an ugly duckling. In an interview, the model later said that this was a very difficult time for her, as she developed a "very strong self-image problem."

Banks began her freshman year at Loyola Marymount University in 1991 when Elite modeling agency gave the 17-year-old Tyra her first modeling job. Before this, Tyra Banks had been rejected several times for modeling assignments leaving her wondering as to what career path she would take. When she left for Paris Tyra didn't leave thinking she was going to become a big fashion model, she just wanted to earn money for college.

As the result of a successful debut, Tyra did not head back to university, but went on to Paris for fashion shows and soon gained international renown for her work. Tyra has been featured in a variety of magazines, commercials, and billboards. Her modeling credits include CoverGirl, Swatch, Pepsi, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Dolce & Gabbana, among others.

After several years of modelling, it has come to light that Naomi Campbell was not particularly fond of Banks' increasing success. There were numerous incidents where Naomi the British supermodel tried to have Banks excluded from various shows. Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks have since forgiven each other for past wrong doings. Despite these confrontations, Tyra's career took off. Tyra Banks was the first African-American to be featured on the covers of Gentlemen's Quarterly, Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, and the Victoria's Secret catalog. In particular, Tyra is famous for her Victoria's Secret work. In 1997, Tyra won the prestigious Michael Award for Supermodel of the Year. In a time in which some fashion models were described as being too skinny, Banks stood out with a more-voluptuous physique (she is 5' 10½" tall and her measurements are 34½-23½-35½).

With her success as a supermodel, Tyra Banks began venturing from modeling to becoming a media personality. She is the hostess, chief judge, and executive producer (with Ken Mok) of the UPN television show America's Next Top Model. With rising ratings, the show has become very popular, as viewers cheer for their favorite model contestant during the weekly rounds involving "Big Brother"-style elimination of candidates. Banks has also been working on a musical career. In season two of America's Next Top Model the contestants danced in her first music video.

Since then, she has been in the studio working with experienced record producers such as Darkchild; her next single will be called "Baby". She also acts as the patron for TZONE, a leadership program for young girls that according to the organisation, "reinforces core values of trust and support, challenges teen girls to resist negative social pressures, and enhances self-empowerment—inspiring girls to become confident leaders in their communities." She has also established the Tyra Banks Scholarship, a fund aimed at providing African-American girls the opportunity to attend her alma mater, Immaculate Heart High School.

Tyra Banks Casting Credits


Larceny (2004)
Eight Crazy Nights (2002) (voice) .... Victoria's Secret Gown ... aka Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (USA: complete title)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002) .... Nora Winston
Coyote Ugly (2000) .... Zoe
Life-Size (2000) (TV) .... Eve
Love & Basketball (2000) .... Kyra Kessler ... aka Love and Basketball (USA: closing credits title)
The Apartment Complex (1999) (TV)
Love Stinks (1999) .... Holly Garnett
A Woman Like That (1997)
Higher Learning (1995) .... Deja
Inferno (1992) (TV)
Black or White (1991) (V)
"The Tyra Banks Show" (2005) TV Series (executive producer)
Marple: The Body in the Library (2004) (TV) (executive producer) ... aka Agatha Christie's Marple (UK)
"America's Next Top Model" (2003) TV Series (executive producer) ... aka ANTM (USA: promotional abbreviation) ... aka America's Next Top Model 2 (USA: second season title)
"America's Next Top Model" (2003) TV Series (creator) ... aka ANTM (USA: promotional abbreviation) ... aka America's Next Top Model 2 (USA: second season title)
"The Tyra Banks Show" (2005) TV Series .... Herself/Host
The 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2005) (TV) .... Herself
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards (2005) (TV) .... Presenter
The 2nd Annual Vibe Awards (2004) (TV) .... Herself - Co Host
The Teen Choice Awards 2004 (2004) (TV) .... Presenter
35th NAACP Image Awards (2004) (TV) .... Herself
The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) (TV) .... Herself - Co-presenter: Best Actress in a Television Series [Musical or Comedy]
Sports Illustrated 40th Anniversary Swimsuit Special: American Beauty (2004) (V) .... Model
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2003) (TV) .... Herself
Totally Gay! (2003) (TV) .... Herself ... aka VH-1's Totally Gay! (USA: complete title)
"America's Next Top Model" (2003) TV Series .... Herself/Judge ... aka ANTM (USA: promotional abbreviation) ... aka America's Next Top Model 2 (USA: second season title)
Cleavage (2002) (TV) .... Herself
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2002) (TV) .... Herself (Model)
"Fashiontrance" (2002) TV Series .... Herself
Halloween: Resurrected (2002) (V) .... Herself
"Driven" (2002) TV Series .... Herself
Straight Clownin' (2002) (V) .... Herself
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2001) (TV) .... Herself (Model)
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael (1999) (V) .... Herself ("Too Funky" video)
Elmopalooza! (1998) (TV) .... Herself
The 39th Annual Grammy Awards (1997) (TV) .... Herself
Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit '97 (1997) (TV) .... Herself
Supermodels in the Rainforest: Costa Rica (1995) (TV) .... Self
Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory (1995) (V) .... Herself (segment "Black or White")
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" playing "Herself" 2 December 2005
"Corazón de..." playing "Herself" 10 November 2005
"The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" playing "Herself" (episode # 2.7) 20 September 2005
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" playing "Herself" 12 September 2005
"106 & Park Top 10 Live" playing "Herself" 2 March 2005
"The Early Show" playing "Herself" 2 March 2005
"The View" playing "Herself" 2 March 2005
"Good Day Live" playing "Herself" 1 March 2005
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" playing "Herself" 1 March 2005
"The View" playing "Herself" 3 December 2004
"Mad TV" playing "Herself" (episode # 10.7) 27 November 2004
"The Tony Danza Show" playing "Herself" (episode # 1.42) 9 November 2004
"Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" playing "Herself" 8 November 2004
"Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show" playing "Herself" 6 October 2004
"Hyppönen Enbuske Experience" playing "Herself" (episode # 4.4) 30 September 2004
"Punk'd" playing "Herself" (episode # 3.8) 13 June 2004
"Hollywood HD" playing "Herself" in episode: "Shrek 2 Premiere" (episode # 1.18) 19 May 2004
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" playing "Herself" 22 March 2004
"On-Air with Ryan Seacrest" playing "Herself" 22 March 2004
"American Dreams" playing "The Velvelettes Singer" in episode: "Chasing the Past" (episode # 2.17) 21 March 2004
"All of Us" playing "Roni" in episode: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (episode # 1.17) 24 February 2004
"The View" playing "Herself" 24 February 2004
"The Daily Show" playing "Herself" 23 February 2004
"The Wayne Brady Show" playing "Herself" 27 January 2004
"The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" playing "Herself" 26 January 2004
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" playing "Herself" 13 January 2004
"Total Request Live" playing "Herself" 18 November 2003
"The View" playing "Herself" 18 November 2003
"Last Call with Carson Daly" playing "Herself" 21 May 2003
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" playing "Herself" 16 February 2001
"Soul Food" playing "Nina Joseph" in episode: "Ordinary Pain" (episode # 1.13) 3 January 2001
"Felicity" playing "Jane Scott" in episode: "A Good Egg" (episode # 3.8) 22 November 2000
"Felicity" playing "Jane Scott" in episode: "Kissing Mr. Covington" (episode # 3.7) 15 November 2000
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" playing "Herself" 12 November 2000
"Felicity" playing "Jane Scott" in episode: "One Ball, Two Strikes" (episode # 3.6) 8 November 2000
"Mad TV" playing "Katisha" (episode # 5.25) 20 May 2000
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" playing "Herself" 6 May 2000
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" playing "Herself" 12 April 2000
"Mad TV" (episode # 5.17) 19 February 2000
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" playing "Herself" 18 February 2000
"The Hughleys" playing "Nicole" in episode: "Sap and the Star" (episode # 2.4) 15 October 1999
"Wetten, dass..?" playing "Herself" in episode: "Wetten, dass..? aus Mallorca" (episode # 1.117) 7 October 1999
"The Teen Files" playing "Herself" in episode: "Teen Files: The Truth About Drinking" 19 August 1999
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" playing "Herself" 17 February 1999
"Just Shoot Me!" playing "Herself" in episode: "Nina Sees Red: Part 2" (episode # 3.15) 16 February 1999
"Just Shoot Me!" playing "Herself" in episode: "Nina Sees Red: Part 1" (episode # 3.14) 9 February 1999
"Space Ghost Coast to Coast" playing "Herself" in episode: "Chinatown" (episode # 5.7) 11 September 1998
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" playing "Herself" 12 June 1998
"Howard Stern" playing "Herself" 2 March 1998
"New York Undercover" playing "Natasha Claybourne" in episode: "Hubris" (episode # 3.19) 13 March 1997
"New York Undercover" playing "Natasha Claybourne" in episode: "Descell" (episode # 3.18) 13 March 1997
"New York Undercover" playing "Natasha Claybourne" in episode: "Outrage" (episode # 3.16) 13 February 1997
"Soul Train" playing "Host" (episode # 24.3) 8 October 1994
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" playing "Jackie Ames" in episode: "You've Got to Be a Football Hero" (episode # 4.12) 29 November 1993
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" playing "Jackie Ames" in episode: "Take My Cousin... Please" (episode # 4.11) 22 November 1993
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" playing "Jackie Ames" in episode: "Fresh Prince After Dark" (episode # 4.9) 8 November 1993
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" playing "Jackie Ames" in episode: "Blood Is Thicker Than Mud" (episode # 4.8) 1 November 1993
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" playing "Jackie Ames" in episode: "Father of the Year" (episode # 4.4) 4 October 1993
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" playing "Jackie Ames" in episode: "All Guts, No Glory" (episode # 4.3) 27 September 1993
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" playing "Jackie Ames" in episode: "Where There's a Will, There's a Way" (episode # 4.1) 20 September 1993