Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine.
In 1979, when Banks was six years old, her parents divorced.
Banks started her production company, "Ty Ty Baby Productions" — soon afterward changed to Bankable Productions — which produced The Tyra Banks Show, America's Next Top Model and the 2008 movie The Clique.
Banks is the executive producer and former presenter and judge of America's Next Top Model.
Banks has been outspoken on abusive relationships, having been a victim herself.
She appeared in advertising campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Halston, H&M, XOXO, Swatch, Victoria's Secret, Got Milk? In 1993, Banks signed a contract with Cover Girl cosmetics, launching advertising campaigns for the cosmetics company.Born in Inglewood, California, she began her career as a model at the age of 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 was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1997 to 2005.She was rejected by four modeling agencies before she was signed by L. Banks appeared in editorials for American, Italian, French, and Spanish Vogue; American, French, German, and Spanish Elle; American, German, and Malaysian Harper's Bazaar; V; W and Vanity Fair.She appeared on the covers of magazines such as Elle; Harper's Bazaar; Spanish Vogue; Cosmopolitan; Seventeen and Teen Vogue.In addition, she hosted The Tyra Banks Show, a daytime talk show aimed at younger women, which premiered on September 12, 2005, and ran until May 28, 2010.