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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

Aiken -- I've Got a Claby on Board

I've Got a Claby on Board

Clay Aiken took his artificial insemination creation -- aka the Claby -- out for lunch yesterday with Tyra Banks at the Beverly Hilton in L.A.Still no word if Clay's trying to rent a womb at the… READ MORE >

'Top Model' Auditions: Now with Less Carnage!

'Top Model' Auditions:
Now with Less Carnage!

The do over auditions in New York for "America's Next Top Model" today have gone off without a hitch ... and all it took was one violent, bloody riot of hungry models to teach the organizers a… READ MORE >

- 2602 days ago
'Next Top Model' Audition: What A Riot!

'Next Top Model' Audition:
What A Riot!

The next potential winner of "America's Next Top Model" may have almost been crushed to death ... and not because of crippling body image issues. Three people were arrested and four were treated… READ MORE >

- 2629 days ago
Banks Takes the Back Seat

Takes the Back Seat

You'd expect Tyra to be rollin' on dubs in an Escalade with monogrammed seats -- but a taxi? Come on Ty, you know cabs in L.A. are only for drunks or "Top Model" chicks on the way to a go-see. READ MORE >

- 2695 days ago
Tyra's Reject Takes Down Hot Dog on a Stick

Tyra's Reject
Takes Down Hot Dog on a Stick

Failed "Top Model" wannabeen Lisa D'Amato is bringing cameltoe back -- with a completely sloshed, yet surprisingly catchy, freestyle rap last night on the rooftop of Kress. Who knew she used to… READ MORE >

- 2765 days ago
Kiss My Big Fat Wax Ass

My Big Fat Wax Ass

Madame Tussauds unveiled their next top model in DC today.Behold the waxen beauty of Tyra Banks. READ MORE >

- 2885 days ago
Tyra Gets Frenched

Gets Frenched

Tyra Banks and "America's Next Top Model" are the latest targets of the hilarious comedy of "Ab-Fab's" Saunders and French. They've adapted Miss Banks, given her 18-foot legs and a bit of an… READ MORE >

- 3164 days ago
Hottest Videos -- Week of 04/29

Hottest Videos
Week of 04/29

A wigged-out Britney Spears is back -- and doing what she does best -- lip-synching and shaking her ass. Spears performed a mini-concert at the House of Blues in L.A. on Friday, the only problem… READ MORE >

- 3309 days ago
Tyra Tips Ovah!

Tips Ovah!

It's always funny when pretty people fall over ... and Tyra Banks is no exception. While taping an upcoming segment for her talk show, with guests Hilary Duff and a porcupine, Banks leaped away… READ MORE >

- 3313 days ago
Britney to Pen Tell-All

To Pen Tell-All

A stint in rehab, a bitter divorce, a bizarre run-in with hair clippers -- Britney Spears' story has all the makings of a sensational novel. Those waiting to read about Britney's turbulent life in… READ MORE >

- 3316 days ago

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