How much is Tyra Banks worth?

Net Worth:$90 Million
Profession:Professional TV Personality
Date of Birth:December 4, 1973
Country:United States of America
1.78 m

Strutting her stuff on the runway for high fashion labels and Victoria’s Secret before mouthing off on television for America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Show.

Who Is Tyra Banks

A fashion world staple who’s been around to see the industry go from its Day-Glo shoulder pad glory days to minimalist chic, Tyra Banks didn’t let a career known for its short shelf life get in the way of a lucrative, lifelong career. This beauty is more than just a clothes hanger, she’s the first step for many aspiring models as well as a female activist, inspiration to young girls and no-nonsense television personality.  

American television personality Tyra Banks has a net worth of $90 million dollars, as of 2020.

Mean Girl To Outsider

Born in California to Don, a computer consultant, and Carolyn, a medical photographer, a career in fashion didn’t exactly run in the family. The tech-savvy brood was thrown off-kilter when Tyra’s parents divorced when she was six, but Tyra turned lemons into lemonade—she was excited at the prospect of two rooms and two birthday parties.  

But the happy youngster didn’t share the love amongst her friends. The self-professed “mean girl” admits that, as a junior high schooler, she was no stranger to voting friends out of her clique when she didn’t care for them anymore. But things came full circle in high school when Tyra had a sudden growth spurt that transformed her into an awkward, gangly girl. The former queen bee became introverted and on the outs with the popular crowd.  

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Elite Model

Hoping to channel her physique into a career that would appreciate her tall and thin frame, Tyra began making the modeling agency rounds trying to score a contract. But she was not met with a positive reception. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s the modeling world was predominantly white and there was no place for Tyra.  

But in 1990, at 17 years old, Tyra finally got her chance when she landed a contract with Elite Model Management and scored her first print job with Seventeen magazine. The following year, after she graduated from high school, Elite sent Tyra to Paris to get her first taste of the runway. Booking an unprecedented 25 runway shows in Paris, Tyra wasn’t just getting a taste of Paris Fashion Week, she was living it. She was immediately crowned the next big thing and big names like Chanel, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent came calling.  

But as she matured, Tyra began putting on weight—a strict taboo, especially for a high fashion model. Unwilling to starve herself to fit the industry’s outlandish standards, Banks embraced her curves and landed a campaign that would catapult her into bona fide supermodel status—Victoria’s Secret. In 1997, she became one of the lingerie giant’s original “Angels” alongside Helena Christensen and Stephanie Seymour.  

Showing Skin

Americans had no complaints about the newly curvaceous Tyra. In 1996, she made history as the first African American woman to score the covers of GQ and Sports Illustrated’s hallowed swimsuit issue. But Tyra wasn’t done rewriting the history books—the next year she became the first black woman to cover the Victoria’s Secret’s catalog and signed a contract with famed cosmetics brand Cover Girl.  

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Understanding teenage girls from both sides of the fence (as the bully and as the bullied), in 1999 she created the all girls’ camp, TZONE, which helps young girls work on their self-esteem issues and also instills a sense of female pride and independence.  

Mouthing Off

With a U.S. and European following, Tyra took her growing starpower to the screen and appeared in flicks like Love & Basketball, Coyote Ugly and Life Size. But Tyra hit the jackpot when she scored a 2003 deal with the UPN (turned CW) network to create, produce and host the hit reality competition show, America’s Next Top Model. Mentoring girls who were trying to make it in the fast-paced modeling industry as well as giving some harsh critiques, the hit show eliminated contestants each week until one lucky winner was crowned the “next top model.”  

In 2005, Tyra hung up her angel’s wings for good when she walked the Victoria’s Secret runway for the last time, but she took the new free time to expand her television footprint when she landed her own talk show, The Tyra Show. On it, Tyra proved she wasn’t just a pretty face, discussing the day’s hot button issues with her outspoken, quirky flair.  

In February 2007, Tyra, who unabashedly admitted she gained a significant amount of weight once she kissed her modeling career goodbye, found herself in the hot seat after a batch of extremely unflattering pics of her in a swimsuit began to circulate. She responded in typical fashion when she pranced around her own stage wearing the same swimsuit and told those who bashed her figure, “Kiss my fat ass!”  

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Like she did as a kid, Tyra hedged her lanky, awkward frame it something positive, eventually building that into an empire. Now with two smash hit TV shows, this leggy beauty is no slave to the runway, or anyone, for that matter.

Defining Quote “I’ve made millions of dollars with the body I have, so where’s the pain in that? If I was in pain, I would have dieted. The pain is not there—the pain is someone printing a picture of me and saying those (horrible) things.”

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