Tyra Banks: A Biography

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Tyra Banks: A Biography tells the story of one of today's most visible, successful, and inspiring young African American women. It is a revealing look at Banks's meteoric rise from geeky adolescent to supermodel, actress, and TV mogul—all in just seven years after initially being turned down by a number of agencies.

In following the life of Tyra Banks, this authoritative biography finds the sources of her determination not just to succeed but to aggressively promote positive ...

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Overview

Tyra Banks: A Biography tells the story of one of today's most visible, successful, and inspiring young African American women. It is a revealing look at Banks's meteoric rise from geeky adolescent to supermodel, actress, and TV mogul—all in just seven years after initially being turned down by a number of agencies.

In following the life of Tyra Banks, this authoritative biography finds the sources of her determination not just to succeed but to aggressively promote positive female role models and debunk biases and stereotypes too-often applied to women. Among the highlights are Banks's years as youth correspondent for Oprah Winfrey and her extensive philanthropic work, establishing scholarships, charities, and camps, while providing self-help advice for young women.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313382741
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/26/2010
  • Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
  • Pages: 180
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Preface xi

Introduction xvii

Timeline: Events in the Life of Tyra Banks xxi

Chapter 1 A Star Is Born 1

Chapter 2 The Accidental Supermodel 21

Chapter 3 Lights! Camera! Action! 35

Chapter 4 Supermodel Turned Teen Role Model 49

Chapter 5 From Runway to Reality TV 63

Chapter 6 Tyra's Media Tirades 79

Chapter 7 Tyra Becomes a Media Mogul 93

Chapter 8 False Notes, Dead Ends, and Bad Hair Days 107

Chapter 9 Tyra Enters the Political Arena 123

Chapter 10 Diva or Dreamgirl? The Controversy Continues 135

Appendix A Productions and Appearances 151

Appendix B Awards 165

Selected Bibliography 169

Index 173

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