Banks was also the co-creator of True Beauty, and had her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show, which aired on The CW for five seasons and won two Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Talk Show Informative.
Banks attended John Burroughs Middle School and graduated in 1991 from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.
While growing up, Banks states she was teased for her appearance and considered an "ugly duckling"; When Banks was 15 years old, she started modeling while attending school in Los Angeles.
is an American television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, former model and occasional singer.
Born in Inglewood, California, she began her career as a model at age 15, and was the first African American woman to be featured on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, on which she appeared twice.
She was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1997 to 2005.
By the early 2000s, Banks was one of the top-earning models in the world.
In 2010, she published a young adult novel titled Modelland, based on her life as a model which topped The New York Times Best Seller list in 2011.
In 1979, when Banks was six years old, her parents divorced.
She was rejected by four modeling agencies before she was signed by L. Models and then switched to Elite Model Management at age 16.
She had small roles in romantic film Love & Basketball and horror film Halloween: Resurrection, and also appeared in television series Gossip Girl In 2003, Banks created and began presenting the long-running UPN/The CW reality television series America's Next Top Model, which she executive produced and presented for the first twenty-two seasons until the series' cancellation in October 2015.
Following the revival of the series, Banks remained as America's Next Top Model's executive producer, but no longer hosts the series.