Growing up we received a bevy of magazine subscriptions, including Victoria’s Secret. Had Tyra Banks even glanced at my dad he would’ve spontaneously combusted happily. This man was obsessed, OBSESSED with her in the nineties. Any cover with Tyra was purchased and left on the counter for the eyes of all.
Scouted by Elite at age 17 she was the first African American model to cover Victoria’s Secret, GQ and Sports Illustrated. A bodacious bod, glimmering green eyes and a forehead that makes her look like a hot alien, this baddy was able to parlay her modeling career into acting (Fresh Prince, Coyote Ugly and Life Size), hosting (The Tyra Banks Show and DWTS) and countless other entrepreneurial enterprises. But it was the groundbreaking America’s Next Top Model that made her the star of iconic memes (passing out and asking if the girls were scared, screaming at Tiffany WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU), phrases (ho but make it fashion), creating careers (Winnie Harlow & Eva Marcille) and a legendary wordsmith (smize = smiling with your eyes).
Some would say she’s insane, but we let her get away with it because she’s funny, entertaining and well, pretty people privilege. A mother of one she has no plans of slowing down her ever growing empire. Anyone who tries to stop her can kiss her fat black ass! She does the most, but she takes accountability and we love her for it. You wanna be on top? Photos: Cosmopolitan Magazine, Victorias’s Secret, Tyra Banks Instagram and L’Officiel