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13 Things You May Not Know About Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

In honor of the supermodel's birthday month we've compiled a list of interesting Tyra Banks facts you may not know. For example, did you know she was a popular, gossipy "mean girl" as a teen? Her life, accomplishments, and philosophy about beauty continues to be an inspiration for many young girls and women, and we thought we'd take the opportunity to show Tyra some love. Jump the page to learn more about this inspiring woman.

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Tyra Banks Sports Illustrated

1. She was the first black woman to cover the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated.

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Tyra Banks Mean Girl
2. She was a "mean girl" in middle school. The leader of a clique, Tyra could "vote someone out" for the littlest things and her friends listened to her commands.
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Tyra Banks Teased
3. In high school, however, she was the one teased. When she had a growth spurt, her peers made fun of her height. However, Tyra calls it the best thing that ever happened to her, because it made her learn about kindness toward others.

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Tyra Banks's Parents' Divorce
4. She's said of her parents' divorce, "double the presents, double the love." Though her parents divorced when she was a young child, she was not negatively affected. Tyra has said she loved spending the weekdays with her mother and the weekends with her father.
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Tyra Banks Foundation
5. In 1992, when she was just 19, she launched a foundation to help young women get accepted to her alma mater, the Immaculate Heart School.
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Tyra Banks Modeling
6. She had trouble getting modeling work initially because she looked "too ethnic." She finally landed a contract with the biggest modeling agency in the world, Elite Model Management.
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Tyra Banks College
7. Banks decided to forego college at Loyola Marymount University in LA for a modeling contract in Paris.
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Tyra Banks Paris
8. In the mid-1990s, despite her overwhelming success in Paris, she started to gain weight and lose jobs. Instead of starving herself to fulfill industry standards, she returned to the United States, where the weight restrictions were not nearly so inhibiting.
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Tyra Banks GQ
9. She was the first black woman to appear on the cover of GQ. 
 
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Tyra Banks Angel
10. As a Victoria's Secret Angel, she sold more bras and panties than any of her (skinnier) colleagues.
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Tyra Banks Bikini
11. She once marched onto the set of her talk show (The Tyra Show) in a bikini and yelled, "Kiss my fat ass!" in response to tabloids criticizing her weight.
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Tyra Banks Harvard
12. In 2012, she enrolled in Harvard University and took a course for CEOs and top executives.
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Tyra Banks TZONE
13. She launched a beauty and style website called typeF.com, and remains committed to helping young women achieve a positive body image through her foundating, TZONE.
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Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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