Banks began her modeling career in high school and went on to grace the catwalks for designer’s such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Kors, Armani, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, and Yves Saint Laurent, as well as the covers of fashion’s most influential magazines, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Elle, among others. Banks changed the modeling industry as a whole when she was the first African American woman on the covers of GQ, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Victoria’s Secret catalog, also becoming the first African American woman with a Victoria’s Secret contract. In 2003, Banks transitioned to the small screen with America’s Next Top Model, followed by the Tyra Show, and she has appeared in feature films – her most recent being The Hannah Montana Movie.
Banks’ Bankable Enterprises is a New York-based company creating programs for television and movies, as well as projects for publishing and digital media. Recently, Banks announced a deal with Random House for a series of young adult novels called Modelland, and she announced plans for a new digital web portal. Tyra Banks is also the creator, executive producer, and host of The CW’s reality television show America's Next Top Model, a co-creator of ABC’s True Beauty, host of her own talk show, The Tyra Show, and she has new television projects in active development. (All info from IMG press release May 2010)