Top Black Beauty. Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an American model, television host, actress, singer and businessperson. She first became famous as a model in Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo and New York, but television appearances were her commercial breakthrough. Banks is the creator and host of the UPN/The CW reality television show America's Next Top Model and is co-creater of True Beauty. She also hosts her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show.