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Expanding the definition of beauty is something Tyra has always believed in, as a supermodel and as a super-businesswoman. Six modeling agencies rejected her before she was signed at the age of 15 years old. Now, hundreds of magazine covers and… Read more
Tyra is known for her ongoing work in expanding the definition of beauty as well as empowering women. She speaks on a variety of subjects aimed to have positive impact. Whether it’s about her career of breaking boundaries, accomplishing goals beyond anyone's wildest imagination, being a powerful woman in business, listening to her own authentic voice, getting her education as an adult at Harvard Business School, or expanding society's definition of beauty, Tyra gives audiences relatable and inspiring lessons that they can take away from her own experiences, all with a healthy dose of humor that garners a good amount of laughs with her self-deprecating stories. Her ability to connect with people made her the role model she is today.
Expanding the definition of beauty is something Tyra has always believed in, as a supermodel and as a super-businesswoman. Six modeling agencies rejected her before she was signed at the age of 15 years old. Now, hundreds of magazine covers and thousands of runways later, Tyra grooms the next generation of models to make their dreams come true.
Tyra created and executive produced the first and longest running fashion competition-based reality television series, America’s Next Top Model (ANTM), with 22 cycles. ANTM currently airs in 186 countries and has 26 international versions that span from Asia’s, to Africa’s, to Australia’s Next Top Model.
As an original Victoria’s Secret angel, Tyra was also the first model to grace the cover of GQ and the first African-American model to be featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which featured her for two consecutive years, and the Victoria’s Secret catalogue. She was named one of Hollywood Reporter’s “100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment” and Entertainment Weekly’s “25 Smartest in Television”. She was honored as one of Glamour Magazine’s coveted “Women of the Year,” alongside former U.S. Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton. She won two Emmy Awards for The Tyra Show, the first show ever to receive the award in the new “Informative” category. Her infamous line, “KISS MY FAT ASS!” made TV Guide Magazine’s 60 Greatest Talk Show Moments. She was listed twice on Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and took the no. 1 spot on Forbes’ list of top earning women in primetime for two years in a row.
Tyra is CEO of The Tyra Banks Company—a place where beauty meets entertainment. In 2012, she graduated from the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School and is a proud alum. She recently developed Fierce Capital, the investment arm of The Tyra Banks Company, which invests in early-stage companies, including firms that are female-led or female-focused. Her passion is the TZONE Foundation, a non-profit organization that invests in young women to help them realize their ambitions and approach life’s challenges with fierce determination. The TZONE now takes residence at the Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community in New York City and focuses on five core pillars: entrepreneurship, financial literacy, elocution and self-presentation, health and wellness, and self- esteem, beauty and body image.
Most recently, Tyra created a one-of-a-kind cosmetics experience – TYRA Beauty. With a radically fierce, fresh, and unique approach to the beauty industry, TYRA Beauty is powered by the strategic collision of beauty and entertainment, coined ‘Beautytainment’ by Banks. TYRA Beauty is a 100% self-funded company and is a dream near and dear to Banks’ heart with the goal of creating a legacy brand that provides anyone and everyone the opportunity to become the CEO of her or his own life.
SUPERMODEL TURNED TV MOGUL TYRA BANKS WANTED MORE—OWNERSHIP. SO SHE STUDIED AT HARVARD, AND IS NOW SELF-FUNDING A NEW COSMETICS LINE.… Read more