In 1998, she wrote Tyra's, a book aimed at inspiring young women, and a year later she founded TZONE, a foundation aimed at developing teenage girls' independence and self-esteem.Supermodel Tyra Lynne Banks was born on December 4, 1973, in Inglewood, California. Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.”“I went from being the popular girl who looked normal, to being considered a freak.Banks has continued to expand her business interests, launching her own cosmetics line in 2014."I made my living being 20 or 30 pounds heavier than the average model," Banks says. Victoria's Secret said I sold more bras and panties than anybody else, and I was traipsing down that runway with 30 pounds more booty than the other girls." swimsuit edition, as well as the first black woman to be featured in Victoria's Secret lingerie catalogue.She signed lucrative contracts with Cover Girl and Victoria's Secret, becoming a staple of both companies' advertising campaigns and runway shows.Her father, Don Banks, was a computer consultant and her mother, Carolyn, was a medical photographer.
The model-turned-entertainment-mogul has since founded the TYRA Beauty cosmetics line.In 2010 Banks said goodbye to her talk show after five years on the air.She told magazine that she decided to end her program to focus on "bringing positive images of women to the big screen."The following year, Banks launched a style and beauty website called type "I was taught to enjoy food, not to fear it," Banks recalls.She developed healthier habits, too, and began working out with her mother's exercise group at the age of six.