Expanding the definition of beauty is something Tyra Banks has always believed in, as a supermodel and as a super-businesswoman. Six modeling agencies rejected her before she was signed at the age of 15 years old. Now, hundreds of magazine covers and thousands of runways later, Banks grooms the next generation of models to make their dreams come true.
She created and executive produced the first and longest-running fashion competition-based reality television series, "America's Next Top Model," which recently aired its 23rd cycle. "ANTM" currently airs in 186 countries and has 26 international versions that span from Asia, Africa and Australia.
As an original Victoria's Secret angel, Banks was also the first model to grace the cover of GQ and the first African-American model to be featured on the covers of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which featured her for two consecutive years, and the Victoria's Secret catalog. She was named one of Hollywood Reporter's 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment and Entertainment Weekly's 25 Smartest in Television. She was honored as one of Glamour magazine's coveted Women of the Year, alongside former U.S. Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
She won two Emmy Awards for "The Tyra Show," the first show ever to receive the award in the new informative category. Her infamous line, "Kiss my fat ass!" made TV Guide's 60 Greatest Talk Show Moments. She was listed twice on TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and took the No. 1 spot on Forbes' list of top earning women in primetime for two years in a row.
Banks is CEO of the Tyra Banks Company - a place where beauty meets entertainment. In 2012, she graduated from the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School and is a proud alum. She recently developed Fierce Capital, the investment arm of the Tyra Banks Company, which invests in early-stage companies, including firms that are female-led or female-focused. Her passion is the TZONE Foundation, a non-profit organization that invests in young women to help them realize their ambitions and approach life's challenges with fierce determination. The TZONE now takes residence at the Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community in New York City and focuses on five core pillars: beauty and body, health and wellness, elocution and presentation, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
Most recently, Banks created a one-of-a-kind cosmetics experience - TYRA Beauty. With a radically fierce, fresh and unique approach to the beauty industry, TYRA Beauty is powered by the strategic collision of beauty and entertainment, coined "Beautytainment" by Banks. TYRA Beauty is a 100% self-funded company and is a dream near and dear to Banks' heart with the goal of creating a legacy brand that provides anyone and everyone the opportunity to become the CEO of her or his own life.