Tyra Banks is an American model, television personality, talk show host, producer, author, actress, singer and business woman. In 2010, she published a young adult novel titled Modelland, based on her life as a model which topped The New York Times Best Seller list in 2011.
Tyra Banks was born December 4, 1973 in in Inglewood, California. She is the daughter of Caroline London and Donald Banks. She began her career as a model at age 15 and rose to fame. She is one of the original Victoria’s Secret Angels. By the early 2000s, Banks was one of the top-earning models in the world. She has featured in advertising campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana, Swatch, Tommy Hilfiger, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Got Milk?, Pepsi and Nike.
On January 27, 2016, Banks and her boyfriend Erik Asla welcomed their first child, a son, via surrogacy.