Though now known as the host, judge, and executive producer of the hit modeling reality competition show "America's Next Top Model," Tyra Banks broke barriers down in the fashion world before many of the reality model contestants could walk and talk.
Tyra was the first black woman to appear solo on the cover of GQ Magazine and Sports Illustrated in 1996 and 1997 respectively. Victoria's Secret helped her make history again when they picked her to be the first black woman to cover their coveted catalog.
Since retiring from modeling in 2005, Banks has created a media empire. Not only does she run Bankable Productions which produced the Emmy Award-winning talk show "The Tyra Banks Show," she proved models have brains when she graduated from Harvard Business School.
She now contributes regularly to Italian Vogue's website, while still training aspiring models on "America's Top Model," which still airs on The CW network.