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.
It's not easy, though, because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box. It's not a chase for material goods, it's about learning what inspires you in life and creating a plan to turn it into your life's work.”A former supermodel, Tyra Banks turned her runway success into a multimedia brand and worked at the helm of two successful TV series simultaneously, 'America's Next Top Model,' and 'The Tyra Banks Show.' and her own daytime talk show, for which she won two Emmy Awards.
"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.
Named to magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People list numerous times, Banks received the prestigious Michael Award for Supermodel of the Year in 1997, and also won two Teen Choice Awards for Favorite Supermodel., in 2005.
The show's most famous moment came in February 2007, shortly after several unflattering pictures of Banks in a bathing suit surfaced in tabloid magazines.