Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an American television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, former model and occasional singer.
Born in Inglewood, California, she began her career as a model at age 15, and was the first African American woman to be featured on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, on which she appeared twice.
She had small roles in the romantic film Love & Basketball and horror film Halloween: Resurrection, and appeared in television series Gossip Girl and Glee.
In 2003, Banks created and began presenting the long-running reality television series America's Next Top Model, which she executive produced and presented for the first twenty-two seasons until the series' cancellation in October 2015.
Description: This show evolved after Tyra had a regular slot on Oprah.