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Biography Of Tyra Lynne Banks Essay

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The definition of what makes a person “revolutionary” varies depending on many different factors, but typically it is someone who is dedicated to make changes that others may overall benefit from. These changes can be either big or small. Tyra Banks is a great example of someone who is revolutionary. Some of her contributions include charity work, modeling, business, and overall promoting self worth and esteem to many women (including young girls-teens).
Tyra Lynne Banks was born on December 4, 1973 in Inglewood, California. Tyra’s father, Don Banks, was a computer consultant and her mother, Carolyn, was a NASA photographer. Her parents divorced when she was just six years old. However, she says the divorce did not have an impact on her, since she was too young. “As far as I could see it, I had it made. I stayed with mommy on the weekdays and daddy on the weekends. I had two birthday parties, two ...view middle of the document...

She went from being a “popular, gossipy, mean girl” to basically the complete opposite. She was bullied during hs for being so tall and gawky (growth spurt), often called “Giraffe” and “Light bulb head”. “I went from being the popular girl who looked normal, to being considered a freak.” But even despite all this, she says that all the teasing and abuse she received throughout high school aught her the importance of kindness.
At fifteen, Tyra began modeling. She was rejected by four modeling agencies until she was finally signed by L.A. models. She later switched to Elite Model Management at sixteen years old. Due to an opportunity to model in Europe, Tyra put off college and instead moved to Milan. She was booked in twenty-five shows at the 1991 Paris Fashion Week during her first runway season. She later appeared on the covers of Elle, Teen Vogue, and Vogue magazines. She has ran on the runway for many designer companies such as Chanel, Valentino, Fendi, etc. and has been featured in the advertisement campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Nike, Dolce & Gabbana, etc. Today, she is known as a leading international fashion model.
Tyra Banks is the first African American woman to be on the cover of GQ and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She later acts for a bit (Life-Size, Glee, Gossip Girl, and many others) before creating and hosting her own show, America’s Next Top Model. Tyra also had a daytime talkshow, The Tyra Banks Show, which she received an Emmy Award for.
Tyra Banks is definitely a revolutionary person. She promotes self worth and esteem, and even encourages women to be empowered and self-sufficient. Banks is known for being outspoken on abusive relationships, since she was once a victim herself. She established the TZONE program, which aimed at leadership and life skills development. She has also established the Tyra Banks Scholarship, which aims at providing African-American girls the opportunity to attend her high school in L.A., Immaculate Heart High School. Tyra Banks is a very well known public figure today, and has made many contributions to not only the fashion world, but to the whole world. She is, in my opinion, very revolutionary.

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