Banks' multi-faceted resume continued to grow when she created and executive produced the hugely successful reality television series America's Next Top Model. The series, produced by Banks' company, Bankable Productions, in conjunction with 10 by 10 Entertainment, focuses on young women who compete for the chance to become America's newest young super model. Top Model set viewer ratings records for UPN, becoming the network's most-watched show. The tremendously popular series has continued to garner critical praise on The CW Network as well.
In addition, Banks' debuted her popular talk show The Tyra Banks Show in the fall of 2005. The five-day-a-week program is specifically targeted to entertain and offer the Every Woman insight into the issues facing young women today. The Tyra Banks Show is produced by Bankable Prods. and Handprint Entertainment in association with Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution.
Aside from her busy career, Banks is also known for her dedication to today's youth. In 1992, she established The Tyra Banks Scholarship, a fund that grants African-American girls the opportunity to attend her alma mater, Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girls private school in the Los Angeles area. Additionally, Banks expanded her outreach in July 2000 when her self-funded charitable foundation sponsored the first year of TZONE, an annual summer camp experience for teenage girls, designed to enhance independence and self-esteem. After writing Tyra's Beauty Inside & Out (HarperCollins), Banks realized that the trials she overcame as a teen could be used to connect with girls who struggle with self-esteem issues.
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Tyra Banks Facts
|Birth Name||Tyra L. Banks|
|Birthday||December 4, 1973 (47)|
|Birthplace||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Height||5' 11" (1m80) How tall is Tyra Banks compared to you?|
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