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Tyra Banks:How tall is...?The international model rose to higher fame with this reality show competition and her own talk show .
How tall is she?Tyra Banks - height:
5 feet 10 inches (1.78 meters)

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Tyra Lynn Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an American model, media personality, actress, occasional singer, author and businesswoman.[4][5][6] She first became famous as a model, appearing twice on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and working for Victoria's Secret as one of their original Angels. Banks is the creator and host of the UPN/The CW reality television show America's Next Top Model, co-creator of True Beauty, and host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show.
Early life

Tyra Banks was born in Inglewood, California. She is the daughter of Caroline (née London; now London-Johnson), a medical photographer,[7] and Donald Banks, a computer consultant.[4][8] She has a brother, Devin, who is five years older. In 1980, when Banks was 6 years old, her parents divorced. Banks attended John Burroughs Middle School and graduated in 1991 from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. Tyra Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine.
[edit]Career

[edit]Modeling
When Banks was 15 years old, she started modeling besides school in Los Angeles. Later, when she was in search of a model agency, she was rejected by four modeling agencies before she got signed by Elite Model Management at age 16. When she got the opportunity to model in Europe, she decided to put college on hold to move to Milan. In her first runway season, she was booked a record of 25 shows at Paris fashion week. She would later grace the covers of ELLE and Vogue Spain. She walked the runways for Chanel, Isaac Mizrahi, Anna Sui and Fendi as well as appearing in ad campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent and Ralph Lauren.[9] In the mid-1990's, Banks returned to America to do more commercial modeling.
Banks was the first African American woman on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[10] In 1997, she received the VH1 award for, "Supermodel of the Year."[citation needed] That same year, she became the first-ever African American chosen for the cover of the Victoria's Secret catalog.[11] She is one of the original Victoria's Secret Angels.
In 2010, Banks re-signed with her former modeling agency IMG Models.[12] Banks is now a contributor of Vogue Italia's website.

Banks's television career began on the fourth season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in which she played lead character Will Smith's old friend Jackie Ames. She made seven appearances in the series.[citation needed] Other TV credits include Felicity, All That, MADtv, Nick Cannon's Wild 'n Out (in which she was featured as a special guest host and team captain) and The Price Is Right (guest-starring as a "Barker's Beauty").[citation needed] She also appeared as a guest in the animated talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast in an episode entitled "Chinatown."
Tyra Banks started her own production company, Bankable Productions (previously named, "Ty Ty Baby Productions"; she did not rename it till the second cycle of America's Next Top Model), which produced The Tyra Banks Show, America's Next Top Model and the 2008 movie The Clique.
Banks is the hostess, judge and executive producer of The CW Television Network show America's Next Top Model. In addition, she hosted The Tyra Banks Show, a daytime talk show aimed at younger women, which premiered on September 12, 2005, and ran until May 28, 2010.
In 2008, Banks won the Daytime Emmy Award for her work and production on The Tyra Banks Show.[citation needed], and won for the second time in a row for outstanding, informative talkshow. In 2010, Oprah Winfrey congratulated Tyra Banks for a good job done on her talk-show for inspiring and mentoring young women.
In late-January 2008, Banks got the go-ahead from The CW Television Network to start work on a new reality television series based on fashion magazines called Modelitha. The show premiered on October 22, 2008.[citation needed]
Banks's first big screen role came in 1994, when she co-starred in the drama Higher Learning.[13] She then co-starred with Lindsay Lohan in the Disney film Life-Size, playing a doll named Eve who comes to life and has to learn how to live in the real world. Other notable roles include Love Stinks (1999), Love & Basketball (2000), Coyote Ugly (2000) and Halloween: Resurrection (2002). She and Miley Cyrus poke fun at the excesses of the Hollywood lifestyle with a battle over a pair of shoes in Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009).
Banks appeared in the fourth episode of the third season of Gossip Girl[14] playing Ursula Nyquist, a larger-than-life actress who works with Serena.
[edit]Music
Banks has appeared in several music videos, including Michael Jackson's "Black or White", Tina Turner's "Love Thing", Mobb Deep's "Trife Life", George Michael's "Too Funky" (with supermodels Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford ) and Lionel Richie's "Don't Wanna Lose You". In 2004, she recorded her first single, "Shake Ya Body," which had a music video featuring the final six contestants on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 2. The video was world-premiered on UPN, but the single turned out to be a failure.[15]
Banks released a single with NBA player Kobe Bryant, entitled "K.O.B.E.," which was performed on NBA TV.[citation needed] She also has a single on the soundtrack to Disney Channel's Original Movie Life-Size called "Be A Star."[citation needed]
[edit]Books
Banks announced in May 2010 that she would be writing a novel, titled Modelland,[16] loosely based on her own modelling experience.[17] Published September 2011,[dated info] it is the first of a planned three-part series.[18] On an interview with Good Morning America, Banks stated that Modelland is the story of four girls who are accepted into an "exclusive" modelling school in the world of Modelland.[19] Her first novel, Modelland, hit the New York Times best seller list in October 2011.
In 1998, Banks authored a book entitled Tyra's Beauty, Inside and Out.[20]
[edit]Website
Tyra Banks launched in March 2011 her fashion and beauty website typeF.com, which she co-created with Demand Media. typeF.com features articles, images, product recommendations and videos featuring Tyra and fashion and beauty experts.
[edit]Other

In 2011, Banks enrolled in the nine-week-long Owner/President Manager Program (OPM) at Harvard Business School's open-enrollment extension school.[21] Banks passed the Executive Education Training Program in February 2012.[22]
In 2011, Banks was parodied in episode 6 of the third season of Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. During the “Snatch Game,” contestant Raja imitated Banks, “smizing” and becoming irate about Naomi Campbell. Banks, however, took to Twitter after the episode and gave “A big shout out to Raja on Drag Race.” [23]
[edit]Philanthropy

In 1999, Tyra Banks established the TZONE program, which aimed at leadership and life skills development.[24][25] Banks acts as the patron for TZONE, a leadership program created by Banks for young girls that according to the organization, "reinforces core values of trust and support, challenges teen girls to resist negative social pressures, and enhances self-empowerment—inspiring girls to become confident leaders in their communities." She has also established the Tyra Banks Scholarship, a fund aimed at providing African-American girls the opportunity to attend her alma mater, Immaculate Heart High School. In 2005, TZONE transformed from a camp into a public charity, the Tyra Banks TZONE Foundation.[24]

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