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Tyra Banks Biography

Birth Name:
Tyra Lynne Banks
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Model, actor, TV personality

Fast Facts

  • Was turned down by four agencies before signing with Elite Model Management in 1990 and moving to Paris
  • First acting role was as a supermodel in the 1992 British TV-movie Inferno
  • Cast as Will Smith's love interest in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1993
  • Published Tyra's Beauty Inside & Out in 1998
  • Created TZONE, a Southern California camp aimed at building self-esteem in teenage girls, in 1999
  • Released debut single "Shake Ya Body" in 2004
  • Completed a certificate course called the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard University in 2012


  • Devin Banks -- Brother
  • John Utendahl -- Ex-significant Other
  • Donald Banks -- Father
  • Carolyn London-Johnson -- Mother
  • Erik Asla -- Significant Other
  • York Banks Asla -- Son
  • Clifford Johnson -- Stepfather