By: Anel Becerra
Effectiveness as a leader
Became a leader
Banks remembers that one agency said she looked "too ethnic" and another said that it "already had a black woman and didn't want another." so she auditioned for someone else and landed a contract with Elite Model Management, the largest modeling agency in the world. After graduating from high school in 1991, Banks enrolled at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, but decided to forego college when Elite offered to send her to Paris for high-fashion runway modeling.
Banks rose swiftly through the ranks of fashion modeling to become one of the world's top supermodels.
obstacles they faced or overcame
"I love the confidence that makeup gives me."
"Black women don't have the same body image problems as white women. They are proud of their bodies. Black men love big butts."
"I love food and feel that it is something that should be enjoyed. I eat whatever I want. I just don't overeat."