Tyra Banks – One of the Most Beautiful African American Models

Tyra Banks - Black Beauty With a Perfect Body

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Birth Name: Tyra Lynne Banks

Date of Birth: December 4, 1973

Place of Birth: Inglewood, California, U.S.

Nationality: American

Occupation: Model, actress, television host

Height: 5 feet 10 in; 1.78 m

Measurements: 36C-24-36 (in)

Banks in one sentence – Tyra has it all: a beautiful face, fit body, strong will and a charismatic personality.


I'm a perfectionist. Sometimes I have to remind myself that it's OK if there are flaws here and there.

I'm competitive with myself. I always try to push past my own borders.

Interesting Facts:

  • Tyra was rejected by six modeling agencies before she was signed by Elite Model Management at age 16.
  • She dropped out of Loyola University, at age 17, to pursue modeling.
  • She was the first African American woman on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
  • In 1997, she received the VH1 award for, "Supermodel of the Year."
  • Tyra was a Victoria's Secret Angel for nine consecutive years (from 1997 to 2005).
  • She was named "Woman of the Year" for 2000 by Sports Illustrated.
  • She is the creator and host of the reality television show America's Next Top Model.
  • From September 12, 2005n until May 28, 2010 she hosted The "Tyra-Banks Show", a daytime talk show aimed at younger women.
  • In 2008, Banks won the Daytime Emmy Award for her work and production on The Tyra Banks Show.
  • She is allergic to dogs.
  • She is of Native American descent and has been an advocate against racism in Hollywood.
  • Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine.

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Always remember that true beauty comes from within.