Tyra Banks praises Vogue for stance on models
May 19th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

Tyra Banks praises Vogue for stance on models

Vogue has earned high praise from past cover model Tyra Banks.

The creator of “America’s Next Top Model” penned an open letter on The Daily Beast in support of the fashion brand's recent announcement that none of its international editors will work with any women who appear to have an eating disorder.

Banks called the position right-thinking, saying that in spite of her historic career in the fashion industry, she’d be considered “too heavy” by today’s standards.


What writing stress did to Tyra Banks
October 19th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

What writing stress did to Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks' recently released young adult novel “Modelland” was five years in the making, and Ty Ty says it was a stressful endeavor. So much so that it sounds like the multitasking star's hair took a hit.

“How can I say this without tearing up?” the model-turned-mogul told The Wall Street Journal. “I got a little alopecia from the stress.”

The process may have been difficult, but the 37-year-old "America's Next Top Model" host said coming up with the idea was easy. “I was riding in the back of a car on the FDR and the idea just popped in my head,” recalled Tyra, who noted, “I've always felt very connected to teens.”

"Modelland" has been shooting up the best-seller list since its release last month. The story is set in a dystopian fantasy world and follows teen outcast Tookie de la Crème.

Tyra Banks: All-star 'Top Model' 'is crazy'
July 22nd, 2011
01:19 PM ET

Tyra Banks: All-star 'Top Model' 'is crazy'

"America's Next Top Model" is known for the drama (where else can we watch grown women crying because they are getting a hair cut?) and creator/host Tyra Banks promises next season will be even more so.

Speaking with "Good Morning America" during an interview about her forthcoming novel "Modelland," Tyra said cycle 17 (has it really been that long already?!) of the show will be an all-star season featuring past contestants.

And with such a cast there will be plenty of action, she said. FULL POST

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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Ellen, Tyra are top-earning women in prime-time
September 20th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

Ellen, Tyra are top-earning women in prime-time

Her job as a judge on "American Idol" may not have worked out, but it's unlikely that Ellen DeGeneres is singing the blues. That gig helped the comedian land the top spot on Forbes's list of Prime-Time TV's 10 Top-Earning Women.

According to Forbes, DeGeneres raked in an estimated $55 million between June 1, 2009 and June 1, 2010, thanks to her brief stint on "Idol," her ads for American Express, CoverGirl and Vitamin Water, as well as her daytime chat show.

Coming in at No. 2 is Tyra Banks, who banked $25 million within the same time frame. Besides producing and appearing on "The Tyra Banks Show" and "America's Next Top Model," Banks also produced ABC's reality show "True Beauty" and recently signed a deal to release a teen book series called "Modelland."

Former "Grey's Anatomy" star Katherine Heigl comes in third with a cool $15.5 million, owing many of her megabucks to her success on the big screen. Because of hits like "Knocked Up" and "27 Dresses," Heigl, who co-stars with Josh Duhamel in the upcoming dramedy "Life As We Know It," now commands $12 million per picture.

Rounding out the rest of the list of gals who are in the green: Eva Longoria Parker ($12 million); Marg Helgenberger ($10 million); Mariska Hargitay ($9.5 million); Tina Fey ($7.5 million); Ellen Pompeo and Marcia Cross (tie; $7 million); and Jennifer Love Hewitt and Calista Flockhart ($6.5 million).

September 21st, 2009
06:44 PM ET

Larry's lessons in 'kinky' from Tyra

Talk about a hairy situation.

During Larry King's interview with Tyra Banks, he picked up a few tips and tricks from the supermodel and television show host.  Banks, who admits she's "worn fake hair since [she] was 17 years old," recently declared September 8th "National Real Hair Day."  She told King that she "did it because I feel like I have a responsibility. There’s so many young girls that come up to me and say, 'Tyra! I want to look just like you,' and I don’t look like me, you know?"

Larry King Tyra

This is where it gets kinky.

KING: This – is this real?

BANKS: Yes. This is me. You want to feel my scalp?

KING: Yes.

BANKS: Yes? It’s a little kinky in the scalp. That’s like real black girl hair. But – go – go in there.

KING: Oh, yah. Yah.  This is kind of kinky.

BANKS: Yes. That’s – Yes. It’s kinky. Exactly.

Larry's lesson's apparently didn't end there.  He also learned the art of "smizing" from Tyra. What exactly is a "smize," you wonder? Tyra Banks explains.

BANKS: The eyes, it's all about the eyes.  The eyes are the window to the soul. If you're just dead, like this, you're not going to sell that eye makeup. But if you're like, "Buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it." But it's not something that just models – women can work this. You can get a second date by smizing. You can get a job by smizing on that job interview.

KING: Wait a minute. Can men smize?

BANKS: Oh, yes, you can smize, Larry. Will you try? No, too intense. Soften it. Soften it. Yes, yes, yes. Not with the lips. Only with the eyes. Novocaine mouth. Novocaine mouth. Dead mouth. Squint just a little bit. Not with the lips. Dead lips. Dead lips. Eyes. Nice. Work, work, work, work. Yes, you did it.

To see the art of the "smize" and more, catch Tyra Banks' appearance on Larry King Tuesday night at 9pm ET on CNN.

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