Tyra Banks heads back to school at Harvard
March 16th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

Tyra Banks heads back to school at Harvard

She's a model, author, TV producer and entrepreneur, but Tyra Banks is taking her career to a whole new degree by enrolling in Harvard Business School.

"I started last summer and I didn't really talk about it. It was very incognito, my name and everything, but I decided to talk about it [now]," Banks, who recently launched the fashion and beauty site Type F, tells MTV News. "I think it's a positive thing, especially for girls to see that you can still continue to educate yourself, and you can still be fabulous and fierce and celebrate your femininity."

The "America's Next Top Model" host, whose teen novel "Model Land" will be released in September, says that by attending the Ivy League school, she's hoping to inspire others to pursue an education.

"I think a lot of girls think it's either/or, even at my age," she says. "I feel that it's never too late to continue your education. I can't just rely only on my gut. I have to have the knowledge that my professors have in order to take it to the next level."

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  1. Bobby

    it is a 3-week course to be taken once a year for 3 years and it costs $21,000 each time she goes. She and her PR folks are telling white lies making it seem like she's actually getting an MBA. It is definitely not an MBA. It's a certificate.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. chand

    pls, yes sh'es at harvard. the course that she's doing only requires for her to attend 3 x 3 wk sessions a year! so its not like she's full time like other harvard students

    April 8, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. krenz

    Good for her. She is going to need a college degree in something because someday soon her talk show and her Model show are going to go out of biz. Tyra on her talk show tries to make it look like she is empowering women and encouraging them that they are beautiful as they are, and to stand up for themselves and be natural. and then later on, on the same night, her ANTM model show comes on, and if those cutout dolls don't fit the mold and play the game and dont keep their pouty mouths shut and conform to the "ideal", they get booted like yesterdays trash! She cant keep playing both ends against the middle. I wish her luck at school.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kellie Keenan

    Hello while you are away for business.....Should you come across a a nice lawyer that would like to be under a teachers wing and go for a kill against my husband ( I filled foe divorce in 05) please email .... keep head strong and your nose in the books and remember your are not there to make friends you are there for the education ..... Friends come with the.....Study groups., coffee breaks, and if you are easily distracted like me then keep it to people how will help you stay on track...good luck and may the Schwartz be with you... ect

    March 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joe

    does she plan to graduate?.. ha ha.. maybe an 'honary' degree.. I hope an Ivy league school wouldn't just give her a degree without her actually having to do homework.. what a laugh..

    March 17, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chuck Sheen

    She is a lesbian, I hate her.

    March 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dr. Dolittle

    Trya is going to the Harvard School of Pole Dancing, it's across the street from the Medical School where I went. It's an honest living and following in her mothers footsteps, how proud her family must be...

    March 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steven Seagal

    Wow, when did Harvard start having special Ed classes?

    March 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dasha

    Way to go Tyra! More entertainers and models should go to business school to gain better control of their assets and increase the longevity of their marketability.

    March 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lac

    i agree with mztee, you people are stupid, period. @dgpenis, you are a douch bag

    March 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ProperVillain

    "It was very incognito"

    March 16, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sista Grrl

    I wants to ax a kwestion. How kin I get into Harvard like Tyra? I is a bizness woman too. Been sellin' my coochie on de corner

    March 16, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. DGP


    March 16, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • DGPenis

      What is a Nate Dogg? What type of STD brought this Nate Dogg to such a fate or was it a drive-by?!

      March 16, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Al Gore

    If I were gonna be a lesbian, which I wish I could be, I would want to look like Tyra or be her girlfriend.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Weezy

    Im happy for her but she is so yesterday. Its time for her to retyra.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  16. Professor Tina

    Yes, Ms Banks passed with flying colors and a little tutoring...First I tutor her then she tutuors me.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  17. Good Googlee Goo

    Tyra enjoys attending the weekly all night sushi bar extraganza at the local YWCA...

    "you can do whateva you feel'

    March 16, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  18. MZTEE

    Seriously people? What does Oprah, or being a lesbian have to do with this article? The woman is going to college.... I say congratulations Tyra!!! What is it with people these days, that you would rather put someone down who is doing positive, but we fully support drug addicts and idiots like Charlie Sheen. I bet if he had said he was going to school everyone would be saying "Good for you Charlie" I just don't get it

    March 16, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  19. Fish n Chips

    Well yes I do enjoy all fish but Red Snapper is my favorite.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  20. Truth is difficult to find

    She is just as big a liar as Oprah.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • littlejohn

      What is she lying about, she has the money and i think you are just a poor soul with no feelings for someone who makes it in life.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Tyra Tanks

    "I started last summer and I didn't really talk about it just in case I flunked out. It was very incognito, my name and everything,"

    Is she obtaining her doctorate in lesbianism?

    March 16, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |

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