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Tyra Banks Is a True Multimedia Mogul

There’s hardly a sector in the industry she hasn’t yet touched.
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Tyra Banks is the very definition of the word mogul. Although she started her career as a model, the 48-year-old’s resume represents varied career paths: television personality, producer, actress, writer, businesswoman and even Stanford University lecturer. Along the way, she has experienced a lot of firsts, including being the first Black woman to appear solo on the covers of GQ and SI Swimsuit.

Honestly, it’s almost impossible to capture all of the supermodel’s various ventures over the years. She founded the cosmetics brand Tyra Beauty; wrote a best-selling novel, Modelland; and was the host of both her own talk show and the iconic America’s Next Top Model as well as having made countless other TV appearances over the course of her career. She once famously said "I know I'm an overachiever and I'm not apologetic about it. I won't be slowing down any time soon; it's only going to get bigger."

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