Tyra Banks

By: Anel Becerra


Tyra Banks was born in Los Angeles December 4, 1973, to Carolyn and Don Banks. Her mother was a medical photographer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, while her father is a computer consultant. They divorced when Tyra was six, although the relationship between parents and children—including Tyra's older brother Devin—remained. Growing up, she would often parade around the family's Inglewood duplex in her mother's high heels and long robes, play-acting at being a model.
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Effectiveness as a leader

she had a photo shoot one day and she didn't look like she use too back when she was skinny and tall and the photographers were critisizing her so she defended herself and other women who were being criticized on how they are viewed within society because of their appearance in weight, body, height, sexual orientation, etc. Tyra Banks has struggled throughout life from growing up in an environment where she had to fight her way to the top in order to earn the reputation of being known worldwide

weaknesses and strengths

she gets offended easily but she learns to deal with it and helps others with her woman problems

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.

significant contributions

She promotes self worth and esteem in young women and girls, and encourages women of all ages to be empowered and self sufficient. The majority of the subjects on her talk show revolve around helping women to be informed about the issues that effect them and to work hard for what they want and fight for what they believe in.
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obstacles they faced or overcame

when her parents divorced when she was 6 she still had contact with them and she thought she was ugly at one point and overcame it when a guy approached her and asked her to be in his magazine and she became a model during college but she wanted to be a film maker or model
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"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."