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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 Fried Over 'Porkchop' Shots

Tyra
Fried Over 'Porkchop' Shots

Tyra Banks isn't fat ... she's fabulous! Ask her, she'll tell you. The supermodel-turned-talk diva is on a fat attack after websites posted unflattering vacation photos of her in a one-piece… READ MORE >

Ripa Rips Aiken a New One: Don't Hush Me, Dork!

Ripa
Rips Aiken a New One: Don't Hush Me, Dork!

Snippy Clay Aiken co-hosted Friday's "Live With Regis and Kelly," and Miss Ripa was clearly unhappy with the moptop Idol contestant's attitude. The road got rocky when they played a clip of Kelly… READ MORE >

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Hottest Videos -- Week of 11/12

Hottest Videos
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Tyra Banks pantsed her entire audience for one of her shows. Fortunately for viewers, most of the crowd was hot. Funny how that worked out. You can say a lot about Tom Cruise, and we do, but he's… READ MORE >

- 3369 days ago
Sweeps Alert -- En-Tyra Audience Strips!

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Tyra Banks pantsed her entire audience on one of her upcoming shows.The crowd, clad in robes at the beginning of the show, exposed themselves in all their undergarment glory -- men and women!Of… READ MORE >

- 3373 days ago
Top Model Bigger Than Ever?

Top Model Bigger Than Ever?

"America's Next Top Model" is huge -- and so are the contestants! The gals of next season's ANTM are not your usual model-size negative 1. Although the girls would definitely not be labeled as… READ MORE >

- 3377 days ago
Tyra Turns into a Man

Tyra
Turns into a Man

Supermodel good looks do not a hot drag queen make, at least not this time. That's the lesson learned by Tyra Banks' transformation into a member of Chingy's posse.The talk show hostess goes… READ MORE >

- 3385 days ago
Tyra Banks: Rapper?

Tyra Banks:
Rapper?

Tyra's already conquered the world of fashion, acting and talk show hosting, but can she rap?Banks tried to prove she can bust a rhyme on her talk show today, performing a rap to Ludacris she… READ MORE >

- 3387 days ago
Hottest Videos -- Week of 08/06

Hottest Videos
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New BFFs Tyra Banks and Nicole Richie went on a shopping spree with a sea of photogs hot on their tails. They hit the usual hot spots, The Ivy and ultra-swanky Kitson, then went low brow and… READ MORE >

- 3467 days ago
Tyra Gets Her Grove On

Tyra
Gets Her Grove On

Tyra Banks was spotted today sneaking into the Grove, a Los Angeles outdoor shopping center, wearing just a robe. She resembled a prizefighter entering the ring as she leaned on someone while they… READ MORE >

- 3468 days ago
Tyra & Nicole -- 99 Pennies For Your Thoughts

Tyra & Nicole
99 Pennies For Your Thoughts

Tyra Banks and Nicole Richie hit two of the hottest and most photographed locales in LA Wednesday: The Ivy and hot shopping spot Kitson. They also hit the not-so-hot 99 Cent Store in Hollywood-… READ MORE >

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