Tyra dancing for Franca Sozzani

Earlier this week Tyra tweeted about spending Thanksgiving with the Franka Sozzani and dancing for her in her living room! WEll!!!! We've got the footage here first!! Enjoy! ;-)

Tyra out in hollywood

Sorry guys this is about 2 weeks late but still wanted to make the post. The site has been doing some crazy stuff lately not sure if it has been hacked or what. Nontheless, here are photos and video of Tyra leaving dinner and having a little fun with the paps.

Click below to watch Tyra give the paps a taste of their own medicine! So funny!
Tyra Gives Paps a taste of their medcine

Tyra Banks on Jay Leno 1995

Here's an interview from 95 with Tyra and Jay leno when she was out promoting Higher Learning. Very cute interview, she teaches Richard Simmons how to do the "Tyra Walk!" Enjoy!

Tyra on Bullying

With the recent deaths of young teenagers resulting from bullying, CNN did a piece on the subject and Tyra spoke out on being on both sides of the spectrum; being bullied and also being a bully. This was taped Oct. 5th, 2010 I believe.

If you or someone you know is contemplating commiting suicide, PLEASE call this number; 1-800-273-TALK. It is a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline. Your life is to valuable, and It will get better.

Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation

Check out this interview Nigel Barker did with TV Squad about his new book, "Beauty Equation" (Now available on Amazon), his career path throughout the years, and shooting Tyra...NAKED!! Enjoy! http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/10/05/nigel-barker-americas-next-top-model-beauty-book-interview/

Tyra Speaking at the Mixx Conference in NYC

Here is video from the Mixx conference held in NYC back on the 27th of September. If you haven't heard by now Tyra has partnered with Demand Media and plans to work with them in Bankable's mission to expand the definitions of beauty and help take Tyra.com to the next level! Lot's of good info in this clip, I will add the other parts as they continue to surface on youtube.

I don't think she knew the song lol...

Tyra: Live from Mixx Panel

Yesterday Tyra was a guesst panelist at Monday's IAB MIXX Conference held in NYC. Below is an article written on tips and advice that Tyra gave about her partnership with Demand Media, what she plans to do, and advice on how to leverage YOUR brand.

Tyra Banks says she is on a mission to empower women. At Monday’s IAB MIXX conference in New York City, Banks spoke at a keynote panel with IAB CEO Randall Rothenberg and Demand Media’s Joanne Bradford about her newest venture with her company, Bankable Media, to empower women by creating the content that they are asking for in the here and now.

Banks says she wants to create a platform where women can learn about and discuss the fashion and beauty issues they are already discussing online. Banks is partnering with Demand Media to cull content topics from real women searching and chatting online, in the hope of engaging women and empowering them by providing the type of content they seek.
Banks has always been a social figure, well known for reaching out to her audiences on television and to her more than 2 million Twitter followers. Now, she is leveraging her TV audience and social presence — along with search data — in a quest to create the best platform to serve her fans.

Lessons gleaned from Banks’ newest venture?

•Empower your audience. The data is available and the demand exists, so do your homework and listen up.
•Leverage your network by pulling in the experts you know who can speak to your audience on the topics they care about. Knowing what they want is half the battle — so when you do know that, make sure you go all out to give it to them.
•Use your social channels to ask for feedback on what your business is doing — or not doing — to best serve customers. Banks says she frequently surveys her Twitter following to ask for advice and suggestions on her business ventures.
Banks may be on a mission to empower women, but in doing so she is highlighting one of the most important tenets of social media: empowering the audience. By bringing them into the content equation, she’s moving toward a new kind of user-generated content — that which people suggest without even knowing it.

What are you doing to listen to your audience and leverage your brand? Are certain social channels or search metrics providing the key data to better serve your audience?

--Written by Emily Molitor
--Photo by Amy Tremmel

Tyra at the "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Premiere"

Here are pics from the nights events, Also Congratulations to Tyra on being ranked #2 on Forbes top earning women in primetime!!

Teddy Bear Jacket

FASHION - I just LOVE this jacket made out of teddy bears. Its by artist/designer Sebastian Errazuriz (who also brought us the zipper dress).

I want one!

Tyra in West Hollywood

Last night Tyra was spotted at the restaurant BOA in West Hollywood having dinner with a friend!

Tyra's Dreck Moment

Tyra and Andre Give Photo Tips

Wednesday, Sept. 8, Tyra hosted a "Blogger Breakfast" to discuss the new season of ANTM cycle 15! The interviews turned out very well. I will post some links to them later, but I wanted to share this video with you where Tyra and Andre Leon Talley give out good tips for photos and the red carpet! Very cute!

Tyra at the Yankees game!

Last Tuesday I posted a pic of Tyra at the Yankee game and thanks to @glendaz on twitter we now have a little video footage!! Thanks girl!

ANTM Cycle 15 promos


Tick Tick Tick Tick FLASH!!!

So far these are the only ones playing but I'm sure as we get closer and closer to Sept. 8th more will be released! Nonetheless, here is Ester and Ann!!

BootyPop your Buttocks

FASHION - Remember the 1980s when a tiny butt was considered sexy?

Well now you can have a tiny ass... but look like you have a bit more bounce in your bottom. Basically they give you a sexy ass like Beyonce, or at least the illusion of having one.

Susan Bloomstone and Lisa Reisler are the Canadian inventors of “Booty Pop”, padded panties that give you a bubble butt without the need for surgery. The panties cost $19.99 USD.

Bloomstone and Reisler met at McGill University. Bloomstone is a producer for CBC’s The Journal and Reisler used to be a fashion merchandiser. Together they've managed to make their BootyPop panties go viral with their BootyPop infomercial, and have since appeared on television shows The View, The Today Show, Regis & Kelly and The Tonight Show.

The pair noticed a societal shift towards shapely buttocks. Breast implants were no longer a big deal because what women want now is butt implants... but they don't want to spend a fortune and they're worried about permanent side effects. Enter BootyPop and the solution is provided.

Its a bit like the water bras skinny young women were wearing circa 2001 to make their breasts look bigger.

Or like George W. Bush's business suits with the padded shoulders. Same idea.

The pros: There's no risk, its not permanent and BootyPop panties cost about the same you'd pay for regular panties. BootyPop panties are cotton/Spandex panties fitted with two egg-shape foam pads and are no more complicated than a pair of boots with a zipper up the side (and if you can't figure those out, you're in trouble). That makes them ideal for date night or when you're trying to impress someone with the coveted bootylicious look.

BootyPop panties are basically for young women who are, shockingly, too skinny and have realized their flat ass isn't sexy. They want a more voluptuous and curvy look.

Booty Pop's playful warning: “The makers of Booty Pop are not responsible for all the extra attention you will receive as a result of wearing our product.”

BootyPop is not the only company trying to glorify a baudacious booty. Jean manufacturers have begun marketing butt enhancing designs and shoe companies Reebok and Sketchers are promoting shoes that encourage butt muscle development.

“People are always finding ways to look better. You take off your padded bra, your contact lenses, your hair extensions. When it all comes off, you better have a good personality,” says BootyPop co-designer Bloomstone.

Tyra out in New York

Pics of Tyra out and about in New York Yesterday (July, 22).

I guess this is the jumpsuit that inspired the "pee" tweets! :)

Tyra on All That

Im guessing all of you are old enough to remember Nickelodeon's All That when it was in its' prime! I was watching old re-runs and came across this one! I knew she was on the show, but I never thought I'd find it!! Any ways here's tyra back in 1996 on All that!!

Tyra at Heathrow Airport in London

Sorry Im having to make this a quick post but here's Tyra at Heathrow airport in London. The remainder of ANTM cycle 15 will be shot in Italy in case you missed the announcement!! Hope all is well with everyone!

Tyra Fan Book

The All Things Tyra site has partnered with the Tyra Brasil site and created the project “The definition of fierce”. We will be creating an online fan book for Tyra on her birthday.

The book will be divided into; Fan Arts, Letters and B.I.O. Pledges. It will be posted on issuu.com where all will be able to view and download it without any problems!

The book will be sent to tyra on her birthday Dec. 4th! We would love to have everyone participate in the project. Don't be shy! We just want to do something special for Tyra and would like for all of her fans to be involved!

If you would like to submit a fan photo, BIO pledge, or letter to the fan book being sent to tyra please contact me on the http://www.twitter.com/allthingstyra or leave a comment below!
.`~ Love and Fierceness~`.

Tyra Filming ANTM on Rodeo Drive

This past thursday (June 24th) Tyra was spotted out on Rodeo drive in LA filming for ANTM with Mr. Jay! I love this look! It reminds me of Michael Jackson's smooth criminal video...

Tyra at The BET AWARDS 2009

Tyra Presenting Best Male athlete and hip Hop of the Year

Tyra appears at the 50 sec mark!

ANTM's Fatima Siad in Marie Claire

Fatima never seems to dissapoint when it comes to delivering a photo, but these pictures from Marie Claire are FIIIEEERRRCCCE! She reminds me so much of Iman it's crazy!! Any who here are more pics of her modeling H2T and serving some MAJOR FACE!!

Don't call it a COMEBACK!!!

Soooo what do Tyra Banks, Michael Jordan and Jay-Z all have in common?? They can't stay RETIRED!! That's right! Tyra banks has come out of her 5 year retirement and re-signed with her former modeling agency IMG. When I jokingly said, that Tyra had come out of retirement after seeing the pics of her posing in LaQuan Smith's line, I had no idea the Joke was on me! At any rate, Im excited about this news! The timing is also IMPECCABLE! It seems that the curvalicious and glamazon women are both making there "fashion comeback!"

Tyra on how to lead a FUll and Fierce Life

This article, was on Women's Health Magazine under Life and Features. Im not sure if it is in this months Women's Health Magazine or not, I'll check on that the next time I go to a drugstore. Im going to throw some pics into the article to spice it up a bit! Hope you enjoy!

There’s a slight circus atmosphere surrounding Tyra Banks. Not that Banks got the memo – she’s nothing but calm, collected and charming as she settles into a comfy couch to talk to WH, nonplussed by the cameras, security guards and group of fans outside.

The 36-year-old creator of reality TV series America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) – which she’s also hosted, executive produced and judged on since it launched seven years ago – is used to this kind of chaos. She’s been in the spotlight since the age of 17, when she gave up spots at two US universities to pursue the catwalks of the world. Well, they pursued her, as did big fashion names, like Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent and H&M. Banks was also the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine in 1997.

Away from modelling, Banks has hosted guests as prestigious as President Barack Obama on her popular daytime talk show, The Tyra Show, and made legions of fans with her no-nonsense attitude and attention-grabbing stunts. Such as donning a fat suit

to go undercover as a 160kg woman and “experience” obesity. Or having a sonogram live on her show to prove her breasts are real. In fact, there’s not much she hasn’t done.

Today, Banks is an astute businesswoman and CEO of her own production company, Bankable Productions, and it’s estimated that she earns around US$20 million a year. Add to that her latest work on the global B.I.O campaign, Beauty Inside & Out, an initiative that she hopes will encourage women worldwide to broaden their definitions of beauty. “Beauty doesn’t come in one package: one size, one skin colour, one type of hair,” says Banks. “I want to break the mould and empower women to feel confident and beautiful. True beauty extends far beyond the surface.”

It may sound like a strange philosophy coming from a former Victoria’s Secret runway queen, but Banks is serious – you could even say “fierce”, a word Banks seems to like to use – about her latest mission. Recently announcing the end of The Tyra Show (which airs on Foxtel and Austar’s Arena TV), she says she’s also keen to pursue film production projects, “which will allow me to reach more women and young girls to help us all feel as ‘fierce’ as we truly are”. We asked her to share the beliefs and motivations that have helped her rise to the top – and stay there.

“I think my passion comes from being a black model. I was constantly being told ‘You’re not going to do this because you’re black,’ but I never let that get me down.

I was also nine kilos heavier than the average model. I view the world totally differently now. It’s made me a champion for things that aren’t like the stereotype.

I have this thing where I go in and out of caring what people say about me. Actually, most of the time I don’t give a damn. There are moments where I think there will be people making fun of me and saying, ‘look at your fat ass in a swimsuit’, but I don’t care. I’m a little bit rebellious in terms of saying what I mean, but I just want to make sure I’m reaching the person I want to reach.”

“I actually liked being able to retire [from the fashion industry] when I was on top (Banks retired from catwalk modelling in 2005). That was an accomplishment for me, as opposed to holding on forever to it. I took my cue from athletes – I love to see athletes who win a championship and then go, ‘I’m gone’. It’s over and they mentor the younger ones. I’m proud and happy and grateful that I’ve been able to transition [from modelling] and do what I’m passionate about.”

“In the early days of ANTM, I would get stomach aches because I was so hands-on; so attached to every creative aspect of the show – from casting the girls, to the budgets, to what the set’s looking like. Now [on season 14] I’m learning that to be a true executive and to grow my company, I have to trust my team. It’s hard, but somebody told me if it’s not hard, it’s not delegating.”

“I didn’t used to have a private life. I used to just work all the time, but with my schedule I had no choice. Now, I’ve built in some contractual things to make sure that I can have a life, because I won’t be able to come up with interesting things and talk about my life on my show, if my life is just work.”

“My choices are a combination of research and finding out if something is a viable dream, decision or plan. But when I don’t listen to my gut, that’s when something might not be a success. I might just be going off something somebody else wants, rather than doing something that feels organic.”

“I used to work out all the time, but I was always having stomach problems. I have a very, very sensitive stomach and about every three months I would get a debilitating attack that would last for 24 to 48 hours. Recently I went on a challenge with my friends to see who could get the healthiest in three months, and I won. I’ve maintained it now. My body is fitter, but I’ve still got my curves – I wouldn’t be me without this booty!”

“I still indulge. My Twitter followers make fun of me because they say I talk about food all the time, but it’s something that gives me joy. I just know how to balance it to make sure I don’t get sick now.”

“I look up to my mum, for her strength, her integrity and her kindness. I look up to other amazing women who are also changing the notions of beauty – like US first lady Michelle Obama. I’ve had role models in every stage of my career – as a supermodel, Beverly Johnson; as talk-show host, and in the development of my own brand, Oprah and Martha [Stewart]. I’m dying to meet Richard Branson, he’s definitely a role model for me at this point in my career.”

“Find one thing about you that you can celebrate – it could be your hair, your eyebrows, your feet. Look in a mirror and find that one thing, then find another one. It’s about feeling good and being healthy.”

The star tells it like it is to WH.

On growing up
"I had a wonderful childhood. But when it came to fitting in, I certainly felt like an outsider more often than not – I definitely had my awkward stage.”

On style

“I love finding great deals, so my favourite style tip is to spend less. I think everyone is looking to save a bit more these days, myself included.”

On beauty

“Everyone deserves to be loved – not just the ones who look like Jennifer Aniston or Halle Berry.”

The Book on Tyra Banks

Tyra Recently let the people of American Way Magazine into her personal life as she talked about Life after the talk show, what's in store for the SUPERMOGUL, family, and what she hopes she never loses or EVER gets out!! Here are the scans from the article, If you have trouble reading them let me know and I will post the article in a different format! ENjoy! ♥

(Helpful Hint: Click on the picture, a new window will then pop up then click the zoom button in the right hand corner of your screen and change the 100% to 150 or 200%)

Sure, Tyra Banks will burp for you. Like some locker-room lout, she’ll also freely chat about all different types of unflattering topics: cellulite, nose hair, hormonal cycles and pretty much any funky bodily function.

“I probably talk about my private life more than the average person,” says Banks, appearing sincere and yowza-level beautiful at 10 a.m. as she sits primly on a big sofa in her Manhattan production office. “I get so descriptive about things that most women feel gross talking about, people probably scream ‘TMI! Too much information!’ ”

The model turned media star’s life is hardly an open book, however. She resists divulging romantic details, plays business deals close to the vest and prefers vague generalities when any touchy subjects come up. “Let’s not go there!” said Banks’ publicist off camera (but on microphone) as Nightline’s Cynthia McFadden asked about gripes by older supermodels Janice Dickinson and Paulina Porizkova, who were both booted off as judges from Banks’ reality series, America’s Next Top Model. While her rep ran interference, Banks sat tight-lipped with a nervous “smize” — that’s “smiling with the eyes,” to those unfamiliar with Bankspeak.

If you want to read the book on her, Amazon.com lists a single volume: the glamour guide titled Tyra’s Beauty Inside & Out, which she co-authored 12 years ago. It’s mostly a breezy makeover manual with few deep insights into her offstage life. But the sassy you-go-girl dynamo who broke out of modeling and served as Oprah Winfrey’s youth correspondent before creating, executive producing and hosting the reality smash Top Model has written an entire library full of more personal works. They’re journals, actually: small unlined notebooks crammed with important notes, to-do lists, travel tips, talent bookings and more, all penned in extremely tiny, tiny print that seemingly only she can decipher.

“She takes notes all day long,” explains Ken Mok, Banks’ longtime producing partner on Top Model. “She writes down what she eats, inspirational ideas, everything.”

Just don’t expect these diaries to ever be published — Banks blogs on her website, Tyra.com, and is on Facebook, but these journals are strictly for her private use. And she’s so nervous they might get lost or stolen that she often refrains from writing TM-real-I inside.

“I wrote a quote in here the other day,” says Banks, 36, as she leafs through the most recent all-in-one notebook that she carries in a purse crammed with crumpled documents, cosmetics and several other essentials. “Here it is: ‘Produce your life like it’s a show.’ I put that quote in because I’m very good at producing television, and I’m extremely hands-on when it comes to handling my business life. From offstage until the moment I walk onstage, I constantly tweak my talk show and Top Model … but at the same time, I often leave my private life by the wayside.”

Banks’ journals are partly a self-help guide, partly a TV textbook and partly a way to organize a highly hectic schedule. Her self-named syndicated talk show ends this month after a five-year run and two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show ; remarkably, America’s Next Top Model is now finishing up its 14th cycle; and Banks’ company, Bankable Enterprises, is eager to enter the teen-publishing business as well as to produce feature films and additional TV series.

Despite a frenetic lifestyle, Banks attempts to live a highly organized life. Her office domain is almost frighteningly immaculate, with eight perfectly propped, colorful pillows lining the large L-shaped sofa. Kooky pottery from kitsch designer Jonathan Adler is placed strategically in the room (“I like whimsy,” she says). And every Fiji Water bottle, orchid plant and framed family photograph is set neatly in its place. She slowly sips a Starbucks beverage and speaks in deliberate tones, later letting her hair down and laughing about “the hood” where she grew up, in Inglewood, Calif., as the subject of LA soul food comes up.

Darting from subject to subject isn’t unusual for Banks, whose diverse interests range from good eating (she’s a walking Zagat guide) and interior design (she’ll often attend real estate open houses for decorating tips) to pop music (she released a 2001 single with basketball great Kobe Bryant and performs Top Model’s theme) and acting (she’s had parts in a half-dozen movies, including Coyote Ugly, as well as on TV shows such as Felicity and The Fresh Prince of Bel- Air). By now, Banks’ meteoric rise to success has been fairly well documented, and with all her TV shows over the last year (her résumé also includes ABC’s True Beauty, the second season of which premieres at the end of this month), her annual haul was estimated at $30 million. That’s nothing to burp about.

Given her lifestyle moves, combined with the volatile roller coaster of the television business, a good title for Banks’ future autobiography might be Subject to Change. But that book has yet to be written. Instead, American Way took a cue from her stack of journals, each of which uses various tabs to mark subsections about different subjects, to give a glimpse into the varied parts of Banks’ world.


When you’re a supermodel, travel comes with the territory. Banks’ various gigs across the globe have turned her into an exemplary jet-setter .

“The first thing I’ll do on a plane after sitting down is to see who’s on the cover of American Way,” she says. “I’ll also put on thick, cushy socks when I fl y. And then whenever I sleep, I’ll cover up my face, because I’m afraid of seeing a picture someday on the Internet showing me with my mouth wide open and drool running down my chin. I learned that from Halle Berry, by the way: Put the blanket over your head when you sleep on a plane!”

Bradford Sisk, production vice president at Bankable and a longtime aide, says Banks especially enjoys colorful world capitals such as Amsterdam and Bangkok. “When we go abroad for Top Model, she’ll have every travel guide highlighted and underlined,” he says. “If we’re not working, there’s not a moment when we’re not seeing all there is to see in that city.”

But Banks says she prefers spending personal holiday time in the United States, citing Orlando, Fla., as her somewhat surprising ideal vacation spot in the world. “I want to see all 50 states, but so far I’ve only been to around 25 of them,” she says. High up on her to-do list: lounging in splendor at the Encantado Resort in Santa Fe, N.M. “I love that city,” she says.


Banks has romanced a number of high-profile figures over the past two decades — from her Higher Learning director, John Singleton, to singer Seal — but she keeps quiet on the subjects of dating and marriage. For the last three years, she’s been linked with financier John Utendahl, founder of a large investment-banking firm on Wall Street. The two have been seen and photographed together around New York City but mostly keep their relationship off the radar.

“I’m not sure exactly how gossiping about my life with my audience really helps them,” explains Banks, who adds that she’s never been shy about delving into other areas of her life. “I’m constantly describing my bodily functions, I’m very open about the subject of heartache, but I choose not to share [details about dating], so that very minor part of my private life stays very private.”

She will admit that having a family is moving far up on her agenda. “I talked about adopting a baby when I was 20 years old, before it became ‘hip,’ ” Banks says. “It’s not like I want to hop on a bandwagon, because I said it 15 years ago — bringing a child into your life who is not genetically yours is one of the most beautiful things you can do. But I’m also interested in having my own baby, too. Maybe I’ll do both. In any case, it needs to be sooner rather than later. I’d like to be able to run around with my children.”


Banks’ love affair with carbs, fat and sugar is the stuff of legend. Perhaps the most sensational blow came in 2007 when tabloids ran unflattering swimsuit photos of her with the headline “America’s Next Top Waddle.” She took matters into her own hands, announcing that she weighed 161 pounds — a gain of 30 pounds since her modeling days — and using her talk show to tell her critics to kiss off.

These days, Banks is slender again, though she has joked that her cellulite situation is almost a lost cause. A self-admitted “foodie,” she still “loves the grubby, nasty, greasy stuff that’s real good” as well as “the high-end stuff ” in fancier dining establishments. “I like high-low,” she says. “I don’t go to the cool, trendy restaurants. I go to either the holes in the wall or the super-fancy restaurants where there are no cool people.”

One favorite: New York’s fun and frivolous Five Napkin Burger, which she calls “amazing.” Says Five Napkin general manager Todd Cederholm, “Tyra’s been in a few times, and she’s really cool, very outgoing and just generally gives off a great vibe. The whole restaurant was gawking as she and this guy sat at a corner-table banquette and ordered three burgers to share between the two of them.”


Following in the footsteps of runway pioneers Beverly Johnson, Iman and one-time rival Naomi Campbell, Banks reigned as arguably the most successful black model of her generation. She broke new ground as the first African-American beauty to grace the cover of GQ and Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit edition. Retiring from the business in 2005, she remains connected with the fashion world through her reality show and Tyra.com, which promotes her trademark meme, “Beauty inside and out.”

Leading models today “are known only by a select few people in high fashion,” she says, describing how top actresses and singers like Penelope Cruz and Beyoncé have taken over magazine covers and ad campaigns for clothing and cosmetics. “Models now need to promote themselves, think like businesswomen and diversify their careers by doing other things,” she says. “Chances are very slim that a mere model will become a household name today.”

With Top Model, Banks is careful to cultivate contestants’ cool quirks over their Barbie blush — she calls it “debatable beauty,” and it’s key to the show’s success. “Women who watch Top Model together should disagree,” she says. “I want one to find a certain girl interesting while her friend might feel she looks like a freak. It opens up that narrow view of what little girls are constantly told is ‘beautiful.’ Sure, the show is about modeling and taking an aesthetically and geometrically correct photograph. And, of course, we do show some ‘pretty’ girls. But the majority of them are a little askew. Our underlying message: This girl looks like you.”


The demise of The Tyra Show was publicized as a mutual decision between its host and the network, though Banks’ associates say, on background, the move was purely a financial decision made by the struggling CW. (The show was syndicated for its first four years, then moved to the CW in September 2009 with the network banking on further branding with Banks via Top Model.) With Oprah Winfrey set to leave her own hit syndicated show, it appeared that opening might have boosted Banks farther up in the overall ratings, especially since she dominated viewing among her young female demographic and felt “ecstatic” about her numbers last fall right before the plug was pulled.

“The network made a mistake in not waiting for the TV advertising crisis to end,” says a longtime associate. “But perhaps there’s a silver lining, because carrying both The Tyra Show and Top Model, there was a perception she was overextending herself.” Some of the bruised feelings relate to the fact that Top Model, originally airing on the old UPN network, was pivotal to the CW’s growth. (Banks literally “pulled the switch” to begin broadcasting the upstart network.) “I’m still really proud of the [viewership] numbers,” she explains. “Even after we announced the show wasn’t returning, we beat many competitors and often came in at number one for our demo. A lot came down to economics — after running numbers and figuring risk versus return, we decided it wasn’t best to bring the talk show back.”

Still, new TV programming plays a large role in Banks’ future, as do moves into motion pictures, book publishing and other media. “I’m trying to build a strong business. I want to create new stars, new shows and new products for my audience and create a legacy that outlives me,” she says. “There are so many other ways I want to reach women besides doing a talk show.”


For Banks, the journey is the destination. “I loved planning The Tyra Show more than actually having to do it,” she explains. “I loved coming up with show ideas, honing each program and crafting it. I’m more excited being in a meeting than being on TV.” These days, Banks is taking plenty of meetings, discussing everything from live stage shows to Internet properties. On the books front, Banks says she has 20 — yes, 20 — projects in various stages of development and expects to publish young-adult fantasy novels along the lines of the Twilight and Harry Potter series. In addition to big media plays, Banks is also making headway in her philanthropy efforts such as her TZONE Foundation, which teaches self-esteem to underprivileged youths.

Today, Banks’ company has a dozen fulltime employees, and she hopes to double that number by year’s end. While her business grows, however, she’s mindful that she’s staking out new turf for a former model and that there’s no ready-made blueprint for her to mimic. “What I’ve done postmodeling has been really difficult because there haven’t been anyone’s footprints that I could follow,” she says. Fortunately, “trailblazer” is a title Banks is quite comfortable with.

Just a few updates

Well first things first! If you have not checked out Tyra.com lately GET ON IT!!! This weeks cover was gaga inspired and the Kerin Rose Sabotage Shades Tyra is rocking are HOT!!! I'll post the pics below. There's also backstage video of Tyra at the kids choice awards and lots of other fun stuff as usuall.

I'm also going to upload a video from channel One news of Tyra talking about body image. The video is old but there may be some who haven't seen it so Im going to upload.

Other than that All new tyra shows this week, and a VERY good Top model wednesday!! Someone you might not expect will be going home this week ;-) its going to be baaaaaaaaad *sheep voice* for somebody!! Hope all is well with everyone!!