Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

American, TV Personality
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  • As a model, she had the following restrictions: - No Frontal Nudity - No Birds - No Cats - No Fish - No Cigarettes - No Alcohol.
  • Her older brother Devin who tormented her as a child. As adults, the two are friends.
  • Her mother Carolyn London is her best friend.
  • Received the Michael Award for "Supermodel of the Year."
  • 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.
  • Within Banks' first week in Paris, other designers were so entranced by her presence on the runway that she was booked for an unprecedented 25 shows--a record in the business for a newcomer.
  • Dated John Singleton.
  • Created TZONE, a leadership and life skills development program for primarily disadvantaged teen girls in the greater Los Angeles area. As of 2005, more than 240 girls have gone through the program.
  • Played as herself in the 1996 Nike commercials with basketball star Anfernee 'Penny' Hardaway and "Little Penny" Hardaway (voice of Chris Rock).
  • Is allergic to dogs.
  • Ranked 54 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties
  • Paid $30,000 of her own money to finance the music video for her song "Shake Ya Body," which appeared on her show "America's Next Top Model" (2003).
  • Is a "Youth Correspondent" for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986), and there is speculation that Oprah Winfrey is training Tyra to eventually take over the show (as of February 2000).
  • Took Second Place by the readers of Black Men Magazine for "The 10 Sexiest Women of the Year." (2000)
  • Claims that her career was difficult in part because of a rivalry with another black top model, Naomi Campbell. Banks has said that Campbell, who was more famous, would get her thrown off of fashion shows.
  • Does not drink alcohol.
  • Professional model.
  • Dated Sacramento Kings player Chris Webber for over three years
  • Named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by people magazine.(1994)
  • Measurements: 34C-23 1/2-35 1/2. (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • As of February 2007, cites "Heroes" (2006/II) as her favorite TV show, and her favorite Heroes character as Hiro, played by Masi Oka.
  • In 2005, she revealed on "The Tyra Banks Show" (2005) that her measurements are 34-28-40.
  • Has an older brother named Devin.
  • Chosen by FTC Publications Class-Elite Magazine (USA) as "The Role Model for Models" (2007).
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