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Was named "Woman of the Year" for 2000 by Sports Illustrated.


She was raised in Inglewood, California with her brother Devin, and attended Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girl, independent Catholic private school in Los Angeles.


Signed with Elite Model Management her senior year of high school.


Her first name is an old Danish name, originally from the vikings.


She and Naomi Campbell reconciled on her talk show, "The Tyra Banks Show" (2005) (November 2005).


Served as maid of honor at the wedding of best friend Kimora Lee to Russell Simmons


Her mother, Carolyn London, is a professional photographer, and worked as her manager.


Size 9 shoe. (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)


Says her favorite cycle of "America's Next Top Model" (2003) is Cycle 1, because the girls did not know what to expect.


Wore braces for two and a half years to straighten her teeth.


One of only four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine.


Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the most beautiful people in the world. (1996)


Was accepted at UCLA and USC.


While a high school student, Tyra applied to five colleges with the intention of majoring in film and television production.


Her parents, Carolyn London and Don Banks, divorced when she was six years old.


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