Tyra Banks

Host Bio

Emmy Award winner Tyra Banks is returning as host for the 13th season of "America's Got Talent," summer's most-watched show.

Banks created and executive produced "America's Next Top Model," headlined her own talk show, is consistently ranked by Time magazine as one of the world's most influential people and serves as CEO of her own multimillion-dollar entertainment company.

Expanding the definition of beauty is something 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. 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," with 24 cycles. "ANTM" currently airs in 150 countries and has 25 international versions worldwide.

As an original Victoria's Secret Angel, Banks was also the first female 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 catalogue. She was named one of the 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.

Banks received two Emmys for "The Tyra Banks Show," the first show to receive the award in the new Outstanding Talk Show/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 the 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, from which she created her one-of-a-kind cosmetics experience, TYRA Beauty. 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: entrepreneurship; financial literacy; elocution and self-presentation; health and wellness; and self- esteem, beauty and body image.

In 2017, Banks shared her expertise and knowledge of personal branding as visiting professor at Stanford University Business School. She will return to Stanford to resume her role as visiting professor in spring 2018.

Most recently, Banks released her new book, "Perfect Is Boring," which she co-authored with her mother. The two get unfiltered on taboo topics, with a message that empowers people everywhere to have real conversations about beauty, booty and being a boss.

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