Tyra Banks

My baby recently had his teeth capped under anesthesia.  He basically walked around the house vomiting all over my floors and carpets.  So, time for a call to my go-to carpet cleaner, aledocarpetcleaning.com  But onto better thoughts!  I have always thought Tyra Banks was beautiful and seemed like a genuine person.  And she is, I was very impressed as I researched her.

Ms Banks started modeling at age of 17 and in high school signed with Elite Modeling Agency.  She graduated high school and enrolled at Loyola Marymont Univeristy, but never attended when Elite sent her to Paris for runway modeling.  She quickly rose to rank of top model and booked 25 runway jobs in Paris in 1991.  By the mid-1990s, Tyra had begun to gain weight which is a no-no in runway modeling.  She was unwilling to starve herself, so she returned to the United States to model for lingerie and swim suits.  She ended up modeling for Victoria’s Secret and became famous in that capacity.  She helped sell more bras and swimsuits than any other model, and she weighed 30 lbs more than the other models.

Around 1996 she appeared on the cover of GQ and Sports Illustrated.  She was frequently showcased in Victoria’s Secret, and signed a lucrative contract.  She also signed a contract with Cover Girl and became a staple of their advertising campaign.

Banks pursued an acting role and had parts in several episodes of Fresh Prince of Bel Aire.  She also had parts in several movies: Love & Basketball, Coyote Ugly, and Life Size.

In 2003, she created, hosted, and produced America’s Top Model.  This series has run for 22 seasons.   It was UPNs highest rated show for the first 6 seasons and still continues to draw a large crowd.  She also started the Tyra Show from 2005-2010 and won the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.

She graduated from the Harvard Business School for CEOs, and started a website called www.TypeF.com; which has not been active in 2 years and does not have any information about Tyra anymore.  She then launched a makeup line called Tyra Beauty cosmetics line.

Ms Banks is active in several charitable causes.  She has a personal mission to help young women with self-esteem issues.  She established a scholarship in 1992 at her high school,  Immaculate Heart High School in LA.  She also founded TZONE a foundation to help develop teenage girl’s self-esteem and independence.

A few famous Tyra Quotes:

  • “Girls of all kinds can be beautiful- from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between. It’s not easy, though, because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box. … Think outside of the box. … Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.”

-Tyra Banks

  • “The American Dream is about fulfilling your potential to the max. It’s not a chase for material goods, it’s about learning what inspires you in life and creating a plan to turn it into your life’s work.”

–Tyra Banks

  • “Love me or hate me, I promise it will never break me.”

–Tyra Banks

  • “A smart model is a good model.”

—Tyra Banks