Occupation : Supermodel, Actress
Birth Date : 4 December 1973
Birth Place : Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth Name : Tyra Lynne Banks
Nationality : American
Sex : F
Height : 5' 10
Education : Claremont McKenna College
Loyola Marymount College
Relationship: John Singleton (actor; born on January 6, 1968)
Brother : Devin Banks (Air Force 1st Lt; older
Fan Mail :
c/o Innovative Artists
1999 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Tyra was born in Los Angeles on December 4th, 1973, to a very loving and supportive family. Despite the divorce of her parents when she was only six years old, and the torments of her older brother Devin, Tyra's youth was happy and trouble-free.
Though it might now be hard to believe, Tyra was a tall, skinny and awkward adolescent. She was constantly teased by her brother and her classmates, and often ran home crying to her mother for comfort. Then, late in high school, everything changed for her. She filled out her skinny frame, began to work out and finally decided to become a model. Tyra pursued that goal with the determination that now marks all of her activities.
And after being turned down by four modeling agencies because they thought her face wasn't photogenic, she was finally signed by the Elite agency when she was 17.
So, instead of going to Loyola Marymount College, Tyra moved to Paris for a year and modeled for many of the big names in fashion, including Ralph Lauren and Chanel. She then moved back to the States and continued modeling, rocketing her way up through the ranks
Tyra Banks has a successful career in modeling. She is also one of the most beautiful and influential African American women in America.
Tyra loves to take a long walks down the beach. She loves to wake up early in the morning because it gives her extra time to think about life and to achieve the inner peace. Here's something a little bit strange about her. She loves to go to the cinema alone and after the movie she enjoys dinning alone.
She doesn't watch what she eats, though, unlike most other models; she has gone on record stating that she often eats barbecued ribs, fried chicken wings, ice cream, and fast-food. In one talk show appearance, Tyra proclaimed her love for Ketchup packets, and argued that the sole purpose of french fries was to allow you to scoop up puddles of ketchup.