Model, Mogul & Media Maven
Tyra Banks is the content creator of our time. The Supermodel turned Super Businesswoman created and executive produces America’s Next Top Model and headlined her Emmy Award-winning talk show. Tyra 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 Bankable Productions that inked an overall deal with Universal Television for scripted and unscripted programming.
Expanding the definition of beauty is something Tyra Banks has always believed in. Six modelling 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 produces the first and longest-running, competition-based reality television series,America’s Next Top Model, with 24 cycles. ANTM currently airs in 180 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 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which featured her for two consecutive years, and Victoria’s Secret catalogue. She was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment, Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Smartest in Television, and was America’s #1 host two seasons running on America’s Got Talent. She was honoured 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 Emmy Awards for The Tyra Banks 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 #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. 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.
For three consecutive years since 2017, Tyra shared her expertise and knowledge of personal branding as visiting professor at Stanford University Business School.