Banks, Tyra

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Tyra Banks
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Banks, Tyra Gender: F
Tyra Lynne Banks
born on 4 December 1973 at 19:13 (= 7:13 PM )
Place Inglewood, California, 33n58, 118w21
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 12°51' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 07°19 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 18°08'


American model, the first black model to appear on the cover of a "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue and the first black woman to be featured on the cover of the "Victoria's Secret" catalog.

Tyra’s parents divorced when she was six. Her mother read to her when she was a young child, and as she grew older, reading became an enduring passion. She was a good student who earned good grades despite being quite mischievous and often in trouble, usually for excessive talking during class. She recalls thinking that she was much smarter than her teachers, and she often challenged their authority. Although extroverted and popular with lots of friends until age 11, she then went through a major growth spurt. Feeling awkward in her new taller, slimmer body, she withdrew into her love of books, and it wasn’t until age 17 that her self-esteem improved. While still in high school, she made plans to attend Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, but instead the Elite Modeling Agency discovered her and signed her to an exclusive contract.

Quickly becoming one of the most desired models of the 1990s, Tyra moved to Paris for a year. Working with top designers like Ralph Lauren, Chanel and Oscar de la Renta, her fame quickly grew. Eventually she decided to add acting to her resume, and she landed roles in "Higher Learning" "Love Change," and “Coyote Ugly” as well as guest spots on television sitcoms like "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Naturally athletic, Tyra loves to play tennis, golf, volleyball and basketball, and she adores snorkeling. She craves variety in her workouts so her exercise sessions sometimes consist of long hikes in the mountains or runs at the beach.

The supermodel became host of a new day-time TV talk show that made its debut in September 2005, created and hosted “America’s Next Top Model” and wrote a book “Tyra's Beauty Inside an Out” (1998). Not even 35 years old, her personal wealth has been estimated at over $8 million. While she has been romantically linked with several men over the years, she has not yet married. She says children are important to her, not marriage.

Tyra, who is very protective of her privacy, adores children and animals. She is an advocate for education and literacy, and her Kidsuccess greeting cards are sold through an organization dedicated to helping abused and neglected children. Her other concern is the environment, and she has made an effort to bring the world’s attention to the destruction of our rainforests.

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  • Work : Great Achievement 19 February 1997 (Solo cover of "Sports Illustrated")
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  • Work : Begin Major Project September 2005 (Hosting a daytime TV talk show)
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Source Notes

Marc Penfield quotes B.C.#7097-090034, viewed at Norwalk Registrar office; daughter of Carolyn Faye London and Donald Ray Banks, born in Centilella Hospital, Inglewood, CA.


  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous
  • Traits : Body : Race (Black)
  • Traits : Personality : Active (Athletic)
  • Traits : Personality : Gregarious/Extrovert (Popular)
  • Vocation : Beauty : Model
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (First black model to be on cover of "Sports Illustrated")