Tyra Banks

February 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm (Uncategorized)

Tyra Banks

Today, Tyra Banks is known as a former model and fashion legend for young girls around the world.  But, Tyra’s life wasn’t always as easy at it is now.  Tyra Banks was born in Inglewood, California in 1973.  She was a very skinny and beautiful girl from the start.  However, as she grew, her mother began to realize just how naturally pretty she actually was.  Her mother took some head shots of her and sent them out to local modeling agencies.  Although her looks were stunning, Tyra was turned down because there weren’t many African American models in those days.  She then enrolled in  Loyola University to focus on her studies.  However, before she could even take her first class, she was discovered by a modeling agent and taken to Paris to start her modeling career.  By the time she turned 20, Tyra was on top of the world.  She had become very successful and well-known.  However, a fellow African American model named Naomi Campbell did not approve of Tyra’s new-found success.  She told a designer to ban Tyra from Chanel runways.  Tyra didn’t let this bother her though.  She landed a role on the hit television show The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She also got a few parts in movies.  In 1997, Tyra Banks became the first African American woman to ever be on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.  She then began to devote her life to helping young girls realize their beauty both on the outside and the inside.  She wrote books and started a club called the T Zone.  Throughout the years, Tyra Banks has become a very recognizable fashion model, actress, and talk show host.  She has suffered through her ups and downs but she always remembers where she came from.  I feel that her positive attitude and her success are very influential. I’ve found that she is not only an inspiration to African American girls, but she is a mentor and role model for girls of all cultures.

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

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