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Tyra Banks

Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an American model and media personality. She first became famous as a model, appearing twice on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and working for Victoria's Secret as one of their original Angels. Banks is the creator and host of the UPN/The CW reality television show America's Next Top Model, co-creator of True Beauty, and was the host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show. Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine. Tyra Banks was born in Inglewood, California. She is the daughter of Caroline (née London; now London-Johnson), a medical photographer, and Donald Banks, a computer consultant. She has a brother, Devin, who is five years older. In 1979, when Banks was 6 years old, her parents divorced. Banks attended John Burroughs Middle School and graduated in 1991 from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. When Banks was 15 years old, she started modeling while attending school in Los Angeles. She was rejected by six modeling agencies before she was signed by Elite Model Management at age 16. When she got the

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Tyra Banks Sues -- Wigmakers Stole My Very, Very Famous Name

Tyra Banks Sues
Wigmakers Stole My Very, Very Famous Name

You can't go slapping Tyra Banks' name willy-nilly on wigs -- not without her slapping back with a massive lawsuit for 10 million dollars ... TMZ has learned.Tyra just filed a lawsuit in L.A.… READ MORE >

Tyra Banks: Good Genes or Good Docs?

Tyra Banks
Good Genes or Good Docs?

Tyra Banks is a SUPER model.Here's the natural looking 21-year-old smizing for a photo outside of a NYC comedy club back in 1994 (left) -- and 19 years later the 39-year-old model turned TV host… READ MORE >

- 257 days ago
'America's Next Top Model' Finalist Renee Alway -- The Brutal Mug Shot

'Top Model' Finalist
The Brutal Mug Shot

Tyra Banks would flip if she saw this -- the shocking bruised mug shot of former "America's Next Top Model" star Renee Alway, following her insane arrest in Palm Springs last month.As we reported,… READ MORE >

- 274 days ago
Fired 'Top Model' Judge Nigel Barker -- Good Luck Replacing Me

Fired 'Top Model' Judge
Good Luck Replacing Me

Freshly-fired "America's Next Top Model" judge Nigel Barker tells TMZ, the show's in for a rude awakening now that he's been canned ... because his shoes will be INCREDIBLY difficult to fill.Nigel… READ MORE >

- 728 days ago
Tyra vs. Padma: Who'd You Rather?

Tyra Banks vs. Padma Lakshmi
Who'd You Rather?

"America's Next Top Model" maven Tyra Banks, 38, and "Top Chef" sensation Padma Lakshmi, 41, broke bread at the same event in NYC on Thursday.Question is ...More Who'd you rather? Jennifer… READ MORE >

- 761 days ago
Craig Robinson -- Hooking Up with Tyra?

Craig Robinson
Cold, Soft Fact He's Hooking up with Tyra!

Tyra Banks dragged "Hot Tub Time Machine" star Craig Robinson to an L.A. mall yesterday, where they ate Pinkberry yogurt together ... so they're TOTALLY doing it, right? Check out TMZ on TV --… READ MORE >

- 981 days ago
Tyra Banks Gets Protection from 'Celebrity Stalker'

Tyra Banks
Gets Protection from 'Celebrity Stalker'

Tyra Banks has been granted a permanent restraining order against a "mentally unstable celebrity stalker" who has allegedly been targeting Tyra and her family since 2006. Earlier today, an L.A.… READ MORE >

- 1268 days ago
Tyra Banks -- I Fear My 'Mentally Unstable Stalker'

Tyra Banks
I Fear My 'Mentally Unstable Stalker'

Tyra Banks is scared to death of a "mentally unstable celebrity stalker" who has allegedly bragged about killing "George Bush Jr." -- and now she's asking a judge for protection. Tyra has… READ MORE >

- 1276 days ago
Clay Aiken & Tyra Banks Train Together

Clay Aiken & Tyra Banks
Train Together

Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and supermodel gal pal Tyra Banks took their relationship underground ... and rode the NYC subway together on Wednesday.Looks like Madonna has started… READ MORE >

- 1289 days ago
Tyra's Assistant: You Owe Me Bank

Tyra's Assistant:
You Owe Me Bank

Update: A rep for Tyra says Richard Thomas was never employed by Bankable, its respective entities, or by Tyra's talk show, or 'Top Model'.Tyra Banks' former assistant wants a small piece of her… READ MORE >

- 1688 days ago

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