Tyra Lynne Banks, an American media personality, actress, singer, model and current businesswoman with an estimated net worth of $90 million. Banks was born in Inglewood, California on December 4, 1973. She achieved early fame as an international fashion model and today earns about $18 million a year as the hostess of The Tyra Banks Show and through her other endeavors. Tyra Banks actually began her modeling career while she was still in high school and worked for some of the world's largest and most prominent companies. Her success as a model led to many TV appearances and gave her the opportunity to branch out. She was the creator and host of VPN/The CW a television reality show and America's Top Model. She was also the co-creator of True Beauty. Tyra Banks was the first African-American female to appear on the covers of GQ and Sports Illustrated (Swimsuit issue). She has also appeared on the covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Elle and in music videos.