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African American Model - Tyra Banks
born : Tyra Lynne Banks, Inglewood, California, United States of America - 4th of December, 1973
famous for : Being one of the first African American Supermodels
to make it really big and for her reality TV show "America's Next Top Model" and her daytime talkshow program "The Tyra Banks Show"
lives: USA

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Tyra Banks is a famous African American model that was one of the first black fashion models to reach "supermodel" status. She has also acted in several movies and has hosted the popular reality TV show "America's Next Top Model" and her own talkshow program called "The Tyra Banks Show."

Banks was born in Los Angeles, California, USA as Tyra Lynne Banks. In 1991, Tyra was just weeks away from starting her freshman year at college when Elite, a fashion magazine, gave the 17-year-old her first modeling job. Instead of heading to school, she headed to Paris for fashion shows. Tyra became internationally known. She is now featured in a wide array of magazines, commercials, and billboards. Her credits include Cover Girl, Swatch, Pepsi, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Dolce & Gabbana, among many others.

Tyra Banks was the first African-American to feature on the cover of Gentlemen's Quarterly, Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue and the Victoria's Secret catalog. It was her Victoria's Secret work in particular that made her famous. In 1997, Tyra won the prestigious Michael Award for Supermodel of the Year.

She is the executive producer (with Kevin Mok), chief judge, and host of the UPN television show America's Next Top Model, which chronicles the transformation of young model hopefuls into professional working fashion models.

Tyra Banks also hosts her own daytime talkshow program. The Tyra Banks Show deals with issues and challenges that young American women face.

In 2004 Tyra Banks released an album of dance and pop music. A single, "Shake Ya Body," was released but was not a financial or critical success.

In addition to having recurring roles in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, as Will Smith's old friend from Philadephia, and in the college drama Felicity, Banks has also appeared in a number of major Hollywood movies:
Mr Woodcock (2007)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Coyote Ugly (2000)
Love and Basketball (2000)
Life Size (2000)
Higher Learning (1994)

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