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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

'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 >

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 >

- 1533 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 >

- 1567 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 >

- 1787 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 >

- 2073 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 >

- 2082 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 >

- 2095 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 >

- 2494 days ago
Tyra's Stalker Sentenced to Learn How to Not Stalk

Tyra's Stalker
Sentenced to Learn How to Not Stalk

Tyra Banks' stalker is finally gonna learn his lesson -- he was just sentenced by a judge to serve hard time ... in a classroom. Brady Green was given one year of probation today after he was… READ MORE >

- 2570 days ago
America's Next Top Convicted Stalker

Next Top Convicted Stalker

The man accused of stalking Tyra Banks has been sentenced to catwalk in jail.A judge in NYC convicted Brady Green of stalking, harassment, criminal trespass and attempted aggravated harassment.… READ MORE >

- 2619 days ago

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