Tyra Banks, Talk Show Host, Model
Banks became the first black woman to ever land the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit Issue. She also created the infamous America’s Next Top Model, followed by her talk show. However things didn’t always come so easy for the supermodel. Her initial attempt at modeling was met with rejection. Her persistence came through in 1990 when she landed her contract with Elite Model Management, the largest in the world. She booked 24 runway shows in Paris during her first year of modeling, which was unheard of for a new model. Banks came back to America in the mid-90’s and partnered with Victoria’s Secret, and she also became the first black woman to appear on the cover of GQ. Her Instagram holds over 1,376 pictures from her life.