10 Things You Didn’t Know About Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks is one of those celebrities that everyone seems to know. Not only was she a super successful model, but she also has gone on to dominate almost every other facet of the industry as a businesswoman, actress, author and producer. Having started modeling at the age of 15, she has now been in the industry for over 20 years and in that time has accumulated a ton of fans, and yet there is still so much to know about the stunning star. Check out these 10 things you didn’t know about Tyra Banks:
10. Becoming A Model
When Tyra Banks was only 15 years old she began pursuing her passion for modelling, and was actually rejected by four agencies before being signed to L.A. Models and then switched to Elite Model Management, and faced even more difficulties in the super competitive industry because many considered her “too ethnic.” At the time, black models were still not common and Banks is known as one of the pioneers for black women in the industry. In 1991 she was sent to Paris for her first ever runway show and impressed so many designers she ended up booking 25 shows which had never been done by a newcomer before, officially launching her into supermodel status.
9. Taking A Break
In the mid-90s, Banks began to gain weight, which is unacceptable in the model world, so after moving to Milan for runway work she decided to move back to the U.S. where she used her curves to become one of the most successful lingerie and swimsuit models of her era. Modelling also changed in the mid-90s because of the “grunge phase” so Tyra took the opportunity to branch into acting. “This new grunge thing was happening, and it was anti-supermodel. The designers didn’t want to pay these big fees. I wasn’t panicking because I always had plans to do different things. At the time, it wasn’t announced yet, but I had signed on to be on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I was like, OK, while these designers are taking a bit of a supermodel break. I’m going to act, so I’m all good.”