- Birthday1st Jan, 70
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital statusSingle
- Stop saying these negative things about yourself. Look in the mirror and find something about yourself that's positive and celebrate that!
- Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It's about accepting all of yourself.
- I'm competitive with myself. I always try to push past my own borders.
- I enjoy doing fashion shows and transforming myself into different looks for photo shoots.
- Paris is one of the most beautiful places in all the world. Unfortunately, I was so homesick I couldn't appreciate its beauty.
Did you know?
- She is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world
- She was the first African American woman on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
- She received the VH1 award for, "Supermodel of the Year" in 1997.
- She became the first-ever African American chosen for the cover of the Victorias Secret catalog.
- She has been an advocate against racism in Hollywood.
Family & relationships
- Chris Webber
- John Singleton
- John Utendahl
Banks loves driving around in her $66000 Lexus SC 430 twin seated convertible. The car sports a retractable sun roof. The 4300 cc V8 engine packs a mean punch and delivers a power of 300 HP at 5600 rpm. The torque supplied is 325 HP at 3400 rpm. It has a 5 speed electronic system. The interiors are lined with high end leather. The top speed possible is 250 km/hour and the vehicle is capable of zooming to 100km/hour from zero in 5.9 seconds. The car also boasts of a high end Mark Levinson Audio stereo system.
Tyra Banks was spotted in a purple bikini splashing in the beaches of Cancun and Cozumel in July 2011. She had a gala time sunbathing and swimming in the sea resorts with her boyfriend John Utendahl.
Location: Cancun is a world famous beach resort located in Mexico. It is hemmed in by lagoons from three sides and the Caribbean Sea forms its outermost flank. Cozumel is situated at a distance of 14 miles from the Yucatan coast in Mexico.
Accommodation: The boarding and lodging needs of tourists in Cancun are catered to by the string of hotels ranging from the very basic to the ultra-luxurious. Budgets accommodations like Sina Suites , La Quinta Inn and Suites are competitively priced in the range of 50 USD to 60 USD per night. Luxury hotels like The Ritz, Fiesta Americana Condesa carry an exorbitant price tag in the range of 300 USD to 400 USD. Three and four star hotels in Cozumel like the Melia Cozumel and El Cozumeleno Beach Resort charge in the range of 100 USD to 150 US per night.
Main Attractions: Cancun is home to some of the best beaches in Mexico. Tourists can have a gala time sunbathing by the beach side. They also have the option of indulging in various aquatic activities like swimming rafting and snorkeling. Several beach side food joints offer great food and drinks. The place also possesses several renowned heritage sites of the Mayan civilization, out of which the world heritage site of El Rey is the main one. Other ruins like Chacchoben, Oxtankah and Tulum are located near the Riviera Maya. Cozumel also has a fair sprinkling of crystal clear beaches and Mayan archaeological sites. The eco-tourism hub of Chankanaab National Park is the crown jewel of Cozumel due to the fact that it features many animals and vegetation that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The annual Carnival held here offers an unparalleled experience to visitors.
The actress donates a large sum of money to the charity “Dream Foundation”, an NGO started in 1993.The main goal of this foundation is to uplift the quality of life for people and their families fighting against the excruciating trauma of terminal illnesses. The three main programs of this charity are “Our Dream Granting Program", "Flower Empower Program" and "Our Toy Program”. With the help of various platforms like international media platforms, many groups and health care activists campaign on the foundation's behalf.
Get Schooled Foundation
Banks has very sincerely put in a lot of effort for her charity "Get Schooled Foundation". She performs in various concerts to raise money for the noble cause. It is a non-profit organization devoted to increase the high school and college graduation rates. Improving post-secondary education and making people know the importance of being educated by becoming independent to take care of their own education are its two other important goals. Electronic media, technology and popular culture are used extensively to motivate young people to complete their basic education from school to help them attain success in college.
TZone foundation has been the collective effort of Tyra Banks and her mother Carolyn. Its main aim is to build a sisterhood movement among women of all age groups to raise funds and give grants to non- profit organizations that support low income and disadvantaged girls. It supports female relationships through various services and programs promoting healthy lifestyles that increase self-esteem among girls. It increases awareness about the aspirations, needs and accomplishments of women. With the help of other people their efforts yielded positive results. The resources being donated to these groups give them the strength to support the dreams of a large number of women.
Yele Haiti Foundation
She is one of the board advisers for the Yele Haiti Foundation which was started in 2005 by well-known musicians Wyclef Jean and Hugh Locke. It's a non-profitable charitable organization emphasizing on emergency relief, youth development, employment, education, tree planting and agriculture. The main goal is to develop a sense of pride and hope for the entire country devastated by flood. It focuses on activities like sports, music and uses the electronic media for making a positive difference to the lives of suffering people.
L.A.M.B. Darrel Pumps
This is one of her favorite shoes and she has been spotted wearing them occasionally. L.A.M.B. has been designed by famous American singer Gwen Stefani. The designer shoes come in a classic color combination of Black Gold and silver. The fabric boasts of genuine leather with 4 1/2 inch high stiletto heels.
Christian Dior Glossy 1 Sunglasses
The singer has a penchant for high end accessories such as the Christian Dior Glossy 1 sunglasses which she has flaunted quite often. The French made sun-glass is a best seller among celebrities. It offers 100% UV protection and costs about $250. It is available in metallic black, silver and chrome yellow colors.
Christian Louboutin Declic Suede Pumps
The actress loves donning these luxurious shoes and she has donned them in several high profile events. The designer shoes are of Italian origin with an Almond toe pump measuring 130 mm and a classic red lacquer trademark sole measuring around 5 inches. A unique feature is the 0.5 inch concealed platform.
Brixton Castor Hat
The singer has donned the designer hat on one of her movie sets. It can be easily worn with both casual and contemporary looks. The fabric consists of good quality straw which maintains its shape. The high end silk lining and the outer strip band with the brand pin completes the full look.