Tyra Banks' wax figure at Madame Tussauds New York

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Tyra Banks

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Tyra is an American television personality, Emmy Award-winning talk show host, actress, supermodel, former teen idol, and businessperson.

She became famous first as a model in Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, and New York, but television appearances were her commercial breakthrough. She is known best as hostess/judge of the reality television show America's Next Top Model since its 2003 debut, and is currently hosting her own Daytime Emmy Award- winning 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.

  • December 4, 1973: Tyra Lynne Banks was born
  • 1997: Banks was the first African American woman on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
  • 1997: Was on the cover of the Victoria's Secret catalog, making her the first African American to do so
  • 1997: She received the VH1 Award for Supermodel of the Year
  • 2005: Retired from modeling to concentrate on her television show
  • 2005: Hostess, Arm judge, and executive producer of the CW television show America's Next Top Model which is still currently running
  • 2005: The Tyra Banks Show, a daytime talkshow aimed at younger women, premiered. It is still currently running

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