supermodel, supermogul, founder of SMiZE & Dream, creator of America's Next Top Model
Tyra Banks is a television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, model, and occasional singer. Born in Inglewood, California, she began her career as a model at the age of 15, and was the first woman of African-American descent to be featured on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, on which she appeared three times. She was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1997 to 2005. By the early 2000s, Banks was one of the world's top-earning models. In 2020, she joined ABC’s DANCING WITH THE STARS as a host and executive producer.
Banks began acting on television in 1993 on THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, and made her film debut in HIGHER LEARNING in 1995. In 2000 she had major roles on LIFE-SIZE and COYOTE UGLY. She had roles in the film LOVE & BASKETBALL and HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION, and appeared in television series GOSSIP GIRL and GLEE.
In 2003, Banks created and began presenting the long-running reality television series AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, which she executive produced and presented. Banks was the co-creator of TRUE BEAUTY, and had her own talk show, THE TYRA BANKS SHOW, which aired for five seasons and won two Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Talk Show Informative. In 2017, Banks replaced Nick Cannon as host of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT for its 12th season.
In 2010, she published a young adult novel titled Modelland, based on her life as a model. It topped The New York Times Best Seller list in 2011. Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly been ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine. She is also one of only seventeen models to be ranked as a Legendary Supermodel by MODELS.com.
Tyra’s latest venture is experiential ice cream brand SMIZE CREAM - each pint has a surprise inside! She is opening up a store this fall in Santa Monica Place - a top shopping destination in Southern California and will be offering nationwide delivery of pints! Tyra has also been building a revolutionary experiential attraction, ModelLand. ModelLand intersects a fantasy version of the modeling world with state-of-the-art interactive entertainment, tiered ticketed attraction, curated retail, dining and special events.
Tyra is extremely passionate about investing in the future of young women to help them realize their ambitions and approach life’s challenges with fierce determination. She launched her TZONE Foundation over 15 years ago - a non-profit organization that focuses on five core pillars: entrepreneurship, financial literacy, elocution and self-presentation, health and wellness, and self- esteem, beauty and body image.
Tyra currently resides in Los Angeles. She is well known for her close relationship with her mother Carolyn London and has one son, York. Tyra completed the Owner/Management program at Harvard Business School and teaches a course on personal branding at Stanford Business School.