Tyra Banks might have begun her career in the entertainment industry as a supermodel, but she has done so much more than that. The former Victoria’s Secret Angel started her career in the late ’80s when she was just 15 years old, scoring massive fashion campaigns with everyone from Dior to Marc Jacobs. In fact, by the time she was just 18, in 1991, during her first runway season, Banks had booked 25 shows during Paris Fashion Week.
Never one to let one thing define her, Banks quickly spread her wings to other corners of the entertainment industry. In 1993, she scored a recurring role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as Will Smith’s best friend turned love interest, Jackie. She also became the first African American chosen for the cover of Victoria’s Secret catalog. She created, produced, and hosted the acclaimed reality series, America’s Next Top Model, and became an Emmy Award winner for her talk show, The Tyra Banks Show which ran from 2005 to 2010. So what has the mother of one been up to these days and what is her net worth?
Tyra Banks reprises her iconic role of Eve | Disney Channel/Guy D’Alema
Life Size 2
Though she’s no longer strutting down any runways, Banks certainly hasn’t faded into the background. After officially retiring from modeling 2008, Banks worked diligently on her other ventures and is also a contributor to the Vogue Italia website. Banks also completed the Executive Education Training Program at Harvard University in 2014. She’s authored several books including, Perfect is Boring, Modelland, and Tyra’s Beauty, Inside and Out and she’s currently the host of the acclaimed reality competition show, America’s Got Talent.
However, her latest and most exciting venture is her return to the cult classic, Life Size, as fashion doll come to life, Eve, in Life Size 2: A Christmas Eve. Back in 2000, Banks starred in the original Disney Channel film alongside, Lindsay Lohan. Now, she’s returned to the role in a Christmas-themed sequel. In an interview with Shadow and Act, Banks said,
When Life Size premiered back in the day, I had no idea it was going to be as big as it was/ It was supposed to be for a different actress, a very big actress at the time — a household name. But, my manager some kind of way got me into this audition, and they stopped negotiating with this other woman and signed me. That was a huge deal because I didn’t even think I had a chance. I thought, “I’m a Black girl, this other actress isn’t Black.” At the last minute, they had to find all of these dolls off of a shelf and paint their eyes green to try and get them to look kind of close to me because they didn’t even have time to make a doll from scratch.
In addition to playing Eve, Banks also served as an executive producer on Life Size 2.
Tyra Banks’ net worth
Banks’ willingness to step outside of the fashion box has certainly been helpful. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the model and businesswoman is worth, $90 million. In addition to the amount of money she garnered during her time on the runway and on magazine covers like Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue and GQ Magazine, she earned $18 million as a host and producer of The Tyra Banks Show.
Tyra Banks | Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images
Hosting and co-creating America’s Next Top Model also certainly added to her wealth especially since the show has a ton of syndication fifteen years after it first premiered. Banks also receives quite a hefty paycheck from her role on America’s Got Talent.
Banks certainly defines what it means to be a girl boss.
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