Tyra Banks is an American television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, model, and occasionally singer from Inglewood. Her full name is Tyra Lynne Banks, also known as BanX.

At the age of 15, Banks started her modeling career. And became the first African-American woman to appear on the covers of GQ and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Furthermore, from 1997 to 2005, she served as a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

Quick Info

REAL NAMETyra Lynne Banks
BORNDecember 4, 1973
AGE50 years old
BIRTHPLACEInglewood, California.
PROFESSIONModel/Producer/Autor/Businesswomen/Actress/TV Host
NET WORTH$90 Million
HEIGHT5 feet 10 inches
ZODIAC SIGNSagittarius

Early Life

On December 4, 1973, Tyra Lynne Banks was born in Inglewood, California. Banks is the daughter of Donald Banks and Carolyn London. Her father was a computer consultant, and her mother was a medical photographer.

She has a brother named Devin who is five years her senior. Tyra experienced body-shaming at just eleven years old due to an abrupt growth spurt that left her tall and thin.

At just 15 years old, Tyra began her career as a model and attended school in Los Angeles. After a couple of rejections, Tyra signed with LA Models. After which she switched to modeling for Elite Model Management in Europe at age 16. Gradually after moving to Europe, her modeling career began to accelerate. Tyra appeared in some of the elite magazine issues as covers. She has appeared in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Spanish Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue. Likewise, Tyra also participated in fashion shows for Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, and many others.

Apart from modeling, Tyra also likes acting as she has starred in many TV series and movies. Her television debut was with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where she was cast opposite Will Smith. After which she has played in many other film and television projects. In addition, Ella Banks also starred in many music videos of famous artists, including Michael Jackson.

Net Worth

Tyra Bank’s Net Worth is $90 Million by 2023. Tyra Banks’s success as an American television personality, model, producer, writer, and actress has contributed significantly to her net worth. Without a doubt, Tyra Banks has left her mark in the worlds of philanthropy, entertainment, and fashion. She rose above her beginnings as a model to become a multi-talented media mogul.

Tyra continues to be regarded as a supermodel. She continues to make nearly $10 million annually serving as a brand ambassador. Over her career, Tyra has modeled for brands and made over fifty million dollars. Following her lucrative modeling career, entered the silver screen and began acting in several films and television shows.


2011 saw the release of Banks’ best-selling book Modelland, which was inspired by her experiences in the fashion industry. She also introduced typeF.com, an online destination for fashion and beauty.

 Around this same period, she enrolled at Harvard Business School as well, finishing her special course for CEOs and other top executives in early 2012. Since then, the model-turned-entertainment mogul has launched the TYRA Beauty makeup brand.


After being turned down by four modeling agencies, she signed with L.A. Models while still enrolled in school. She moved to Milan after accepting a modeling contract from Elite Model Management in 1990, which opened up opportunities for her to model throughout Europe. 

Tyra was the first black woman to appear in the Victoria’s Secret lingerie catalog and was named a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 1997. She received VH1’s “Supermodel of the Year” award that same year. 

In 1995, Banks made her big screen debut in the film “Higher Learning.” Banks landed the lead role of Eve in the Disney Channel telefilm “Life-Size” in 2000. After landing a few smaller parts in films like “Love Stinks” and “Love & Basketball.” 

Soon after, she established “Bankable Productions,” her own production company. And in 2003, she executive produced and created the reality television series “America’s Next Top Model.” 

She launched her talk show, “The Tyra Banks Show,” in 2005, with a focus on problems that young women encounter. The five-season program won two consecutive Daytime Emmy awards.


  • 1999 Teen Choice Awards Selective Model
  • Teen Choice Awards (2007- – Select TV: Character (The Tyra Banks Show/America’s Next Top Model)
  • Teen Choice Awards (2008) – Select TV: Character
  • The Tyra Banks Show won the 2008 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show/Informative.
  • 2009 Daytime Emmy Award for Best Talk Show/Informative

Personal Life

Tyra is still single despite dating a lot of men. With her longtime partner, Norwegian photographer Erik Asla, she gave birth to a son, named York Banks Asla. Banks had previously disclosed that they were having infertility issues, because of which their son was born via surrogacy. Banks and Asla ended their friendly five-year relationship in 2017.

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