Dec. 4th, 1973
Los Angeles, California, USA
Tyra Banks' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Hannah Montana: The Movie
2008 - Tropic Thunder
2007 - Mr. Woodcock
2002 - Eight Crazy Nights
2002 - Halloween: Resurrection
2000 - Coyote Ugly
1999 - Love Stinks
1995 - Higher Learning
Guest TV Roles
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- (2000) Took Second Place by the readers of Black Men Magazine for "The 10 Sexiest Women of the Year."
- Her parents, 'Carolyn London (I)' (qv) and 'Don Banks (III)' (qv), divorced when she was six years old.
- Claims that her career was difficult in part because of a rivalry with another black top model, 'Naomi Campbell (I)' (qv). Banks has said that Campbell, who was more famous, would get her thrown off of fashion shows.
- Attended Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, California, a popular Catholic girls' school, where she claims that her classmates made fun of her because of her height and weight.
- Started a singing career with the song "Shake Ya Body", introduced on her show _"America's Next Top Model" (2003)_ (qv).
- She was raised in Inglewood, California with her brother Devin, and attended Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girl, independent Catholic private school in Los Angeles.
- First African American model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition
- Her friends used to call her "The Black Widow" because she used to break up with men she was dating before they would break up with her.