Banks is a supermodel, media personality, actress, businesswoman, and author. After retiring from professional modeling in 2005, she put her energy into several original business endeavors. She formed her own production company, Bankable Productions, and produced projects for television and film, including Americaâ€™s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show. Last year, she launched typeF, a beauty website.
Banks founded TZONE, a foundation aimed at developing teenage girls' independence and self-esteem in the late 90s and penned Tyraâ€™s Beauty Inside & Out, a book with the same goal. Most recently, she released Modelland, a fictional story about a young woman and her three friends who discover beauty in their individuality and uniqueness. Banks and fellow modelpreneur Iman appeared in the September 2006 issue of Black Enterprise.