Banks has said that while growing up she was teased for her appearance and considered an "ugly duckling"; When Banks was 15 years old, she started modeling while attending school in Los Angeles. In her first runway season, she booked 25 shows in the 1991 Paris Fashion Week.She was rejected by four modeling agencies before she was signed by L. Banks appeared in editorials for American, Italian, French, and Spanish Vogue; American, French, German, and Spanish Elle; American, German, and Malaysian Harper's Bazaar; V; W and Vanity Fair.
Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine.
She was a Victoria's Secret Angel from 1997 to 2005.
By the early 2000s, Banks was one of the world's top-earning models.
Tyra Banks helped strip her new "America's Next Top Model" costar Robert Evans of his clothes today on "Good Morning America" -- but is she doing the same in real life too?!
Rumors started spreading that the two were hooking up when the 38-year-old supermodel posted a photo of her and the much-younger Rob in Jamaica together earlier this summer.