A top supermodel throughout the '90s and '00s, Banks was always more than just a pretty face and perfect body. Her résumé boasts stints as an actress, recording artist, author, talk-show hos...
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|Turned down by four agencies before signing with Elite Model Management in 1990 and moving to Paris.|
|Appeared in Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video in 1991.|
|In 1997, became the first African-American model to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.|
|Played a supermodel in her film debut, the 1992 British TV-movie Inferno.|
|Created TZONE in 1999, a Southern California camp aimed at building self-esteem in teenage girls.|
|Made feature-film debut in then-boyfriend John Singleton's Higher Learning in 1995.|
|Published Tyra's Beauty Inside & Out in 1997.|
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