Tyra Banks

American television personality, producer, and former model

Tyra Banks (born December 4, 1973 in Inglewood, California) is an American supermodel and actress. She is hosts her television programs, America's Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show.

Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks in 2020
Tyra Lynne Banks

(1973-12-04) December 4, 1973 (age 50)
Alma materImmaculate Heart High School
Years active1991–present
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
PartnerErik Asla (2013–2017)
Banks at the 2012 Time 100 gala
Banks at the Cannes Film Festival
Banks in 2018

Tyra is 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) tall. She is the CEO of her own company, TYInc. She was the first African American model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Tyra is the "Youth Correspondent" for the Oprah Winfrey Show. She signed modeling contract with the Elite Agency when she was 15 years old. Before she signed, Tyra planned on attending Loyola Marymount University.


Year Film Role Notes
1995 Higher Learning Deja
1999 Love Stinks Holly Garnett
2000 Love & Basketball Kyra Kessler
Life-Size Eve Doll TV movie
Coyote Ugly Zoë
2002 Halloween: Resurrection Nora Winston
Eight Crazy Nights Victoria's Secret Gown Voice
2007 Mr. Woodcock Herself Cameo
2008 Tropic Thunder Herself Cameo
2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie Herself Cameo[3]
Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Jackie Ames TV series (credited as "Tyra")
  • Where There's a Will, There's a Way: Part 1
  • Where There's a Will, There's a Way: Part 2
  • All Guts, No Glory
  • Father of the Year
  • Blood Is Thicker Than Mud
  • Fresh Prince After Dark
  • Take My Cousin... Please
  • You've Got to Be a Football Hero
1996 All That
1999 Felicity Jane Scott TV series
  • A Good Egg
  • Kissing Mr. Covington
  • One Ball, Two Strikes
Just Shoot Me! Herself TV series
  • Nina Sees Red: Part 1
  • Nina Sees Red: Part 2
2000 MADtv Katisha Latisha Parisha Farisha Johnson TV series
  • Episode #5.17
  • Episode #5.25
2001 Soul Food Nina Joseph
2003–2015 America's Next Top Model Host Reality TV series created, judged and hosted by Banks
2004 American Dreams Carolyn Gill TV series
  • Chasing the Past
All of Us Roni TV series
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
2005–2010 The Tyra Banks Show Host Talk show
2009 Gossip Girl Ursula Nyquist TV series,season 3
  • Dan de Fleurette
2011 Mexico's Next Top Model Guest judge Reality TV Series
2012 Vietnam's Next Top Model Guest judge Reality TV Series
Shake It Up Miss Burke Disney Channel Original Series
Top Model po-russki Guest judge Reality TV Series


  1. Bailey, Eric J. (2008). Black America, Body Beautiful: How the African American Image is Changing Fashion, Fitness, and Other Industries: How the African American Image is Changing Fashion, Fitness, and Other Industries. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-275-99596-6.
  2. Mosthof, Mariella (February 6, 2012). "Tyra Banks Named One of the Richest Supermodels in the World". Wetpaint. Archived from the original on February 9, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  3. "'Hannah Montana' film scenes shot in Cool Springs mall". NewsChannel 5.com. May 28, 2008. Archived from the original on May 29, 2008. Retrieved May 30, 2012.