As one of the world's most influential people, she created the television series America's Next Top Model and makeup line TYRA Beauty. She went on to host The Tyra Banks Show from 2005 to 2010. Also an actress, she starred in Life-Size and its sequel, Life-Size 2.
She was raised by a NASA photographer and a computer consultant and modeled while attending Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.
She gained fame for appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue twice and modeling as one of the original Victoria's Secret Angels.
She was born to photographer Carolyn London, who has worked as her manager. She has an older brother named Devin. From 2001 to 2004, she dated NBA player Chris Webber. In 2016, she became a mother with the birth of her son York via surrogacy with her then-boyfriend Erik Asla.
She has walked the runway for many high-end fashion companies including Calvin Klein.