Tyra Banks Enrolls at Harvard Business School

by Liane Membis

Former Victoria Secret Angel and supermodel Tyra Banks is heading off to school–at Harvard University.

The 37 year-old model turned entrepreneur is enrolled in the Harvard Business School and is taking an executive education course geared towards entrepreneurs. According to reports from The Boston Herald, Banks has been seen all around Boston with her Wall Street investment baker boyfriend, John Utendahl.

Banks is the leading lady of her own career. She built a $90 million brand from her own entertainment company, Bankable Productions. Banks produces the CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” and co-produces ABC’s “True Beauty”.  Also, she recently signed with Random House to publish three novels this year.

The last time Banks was in a classroom (for non-modeling or public speaking purposes) was 20 years ago. The model graduated from Immaculate Heart High School in 1991 before leaving the United States for Paris to puruse her dreams as a runway model.

  • Mimi

    Good for her. Since she’s turned struttin’ her stuff half naked into $90 million, I would say she’s got a head start on most in her clase.

  • Mimi

    I meant CLASS. :)

  • Tellylonglegs

    I think that’s great for her.

  • Stephanie

    Good for you Tyra! She’s such an inspirational woman! Such a great business woman/entrepreneur too!

  • Me27

    Yay for Tyra! I very impressed

  • Jenn

    Tyra Man Is Handsome

  • boho.barbie

    Great!

  • fuchsia

    Wonderful role model for young women, and at her age an inspiration for all women especially women of color. Way to go Tyra!!!

  • cherbear

    Good for her. Hopefully people will look at her as a role model for her education and entrepreneurial skills. I’d love to apply to Harvard. Too damn expensive though.

    Good luck Tyra. Knock em dead.

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  • Ashley

    Albeit not being a huge fan of her sometimes braggadocios attitude I am EXTREMELY proud of her for all her accomplishments and positive influence towards young women, especially those of colour. This just takes it up a notch and solidifies her role as one of the most influential women of this generation.

  • Shabba

    Tyra is no role model for me…Exploiting black people on your television shows to make your fortune, selling yourself on the “catwalk” to white folks, to sell their clothers like a slave on the auction block, is not ambition that I would allow any daughters, or sister friends of mine to pursue…Tyra is a user like all these so called sex kittens, who allowed themselves to be pimped to sell products. I cant wait to see the last of her on television. She has gone so far to the european side, she is even bedding down with a white man, the perverbial whiteman’s trick she has become…

  • African Mami

    @ Shabba,

    If she was bedding down with a black man that was “pure” devoid of any European/Caucasian/White blood, would it have made a difference? Where is all this European/Caucasian/White anger coming from?

  • Shabba

    @African Mami: Where is all your european loving, black hating coming from? You must be either a white person trolling on a black website or one of these ass kissers “can we all get along type kneegrows”, always on your knees begging massa for handouts like his jobs, place to stay, food to eat, churchs to go to, even their filthy children you’ll have a fixation with sleeping/sexing and breeding mongrels like Obama…A man who uses the black community for their votes, seeks cover from them when white people tears him a new one, and does everything he can to distance himself from them…Any black person who will allow themselves to be sold, or paraded like meat on the “catwalk” to make money, they are no better than a slave. At least a prostitute has discerning taste and will turn down johns not to their liking…What the hell has Tyra Banks done positive to the black community? All these people she has paraded on her model shows where are they now? Another Oprah Winfrey using black people when she wants to be seen as black for ratings, and to make money off them…

  • African Mami

    @ Shabba,

    I am actually a sista who is in love with the idea of holding hands and singing kumbaya songs all day everyday about peace, love and unity with all humanity regardless of color. Unfortunately that is not yet the reality. But my “ass kissing, can we get along type of kneegrows, european loving, Clutch trollin” as you aptly put it, is very much aware of all that is happening, and refuses to mentally regress herself in the past. What does it do, to come on to a magazine that promotes and uplifts your womenfolk only to spew racist vomit? Cmon, sis or brother! Or aren’t you my sista or brother due to my european loving self?lol Stay blessed, and off that racist ganja.

  • renee s

    I am so proud of you Tara. You have accomplished a lot in life. The past is the past. Do not let those racist comments get on your way. Stay positive and knock them off. That white and black stuff is something in the past. We are tired of all those racist comments. Go girl……..

  • Shabba

    @African Mami & Renee S: Racism is not something created and enforced by blacks of non-white people. Ism means you have control of institutions and systems, show me where we have that type of control without white people intervening? I can be biased, bigoted, or even prejudiced, but never a racist. I, and non-white people, do not decide who is white or non-white in this system of racism. We only have to look at the census, to see white people are constantly expanding and adding people to madeup racial categories…Race means you’re running, you’re ahead and attempting to or winning in this run, this is what white people has put in place. I dont know of any place on the globe where white people is not the problem, or are creating problems for their greed or sense of inadequacies…I’m a sista who believes in loving myself and my people before any other groups. I will not love someone who’s sole purpose is destruction of blacks or non-white people world wide. Look around the globe, who are the people who are in conflict with the global white supremacy? Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, Pakistan, African Nations, etc. These are all places and peoples of color, that whites or europeans has decided to destroy and take over these nations wealth for themselves. They have installed puppet govt who they pay to oppress their people, (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morrocco, India, etc) and to kiss the ass of Israel, a madeup country of white people, put in the middle of a colored region, for them to control the assets of other europeans…Religion has done a disservice to blacks, because we beleive we must be brutalized, the more brutalized we are, the closer it wil get us to god and our reward in the hereafter…Meanwhile, white people who brought this religion to peoples of color, are not practicing what they tell us to do, turn the other cheek…This should make most of us question whether or not this is something we should be following so blindly…They have been killing us, and all peoples of color, from the time they set eyes on us, we will not change white white people by sleeping with them or having their children, it that was the case, it would have ended this oppressive global state hundred of years ago…Try telling somebody in the middle of passionate sex, why does your people hate black people, or are why are you’ll trying to kill off the colored people on the globe? Black people’s problem is we want to believe we can love everybody and they will love us back and we will all live happily ever after…I believe in being realistic and seeing evil for what it is, you will not expect a lion to raise a hyena, a dog to raise a cat etc..It is not the nature of predatory animals to look for friends amoung their enemies, we need to take the same attitude if we expect to survive as a species…

  • African Mami

    @ Shabba,

    I don’t even know where to begin and end with you sista Shabba….let me get my thoughts together, and will come back and break down your thought process bit by bit. In the meantime, I am holding a kumbaya circle of prayer for you. Anyone else on here is invited. lol!

  • David

    Where did Tyra go for undergrad?

  • jamesfrmphilly

    paris…….

  • jamesfrmphilly

    don’t you get bedbugs from bedding down with white men?

  • jamesfrmphilly

    racism comes from white people. black people are in self defense mode.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    is it what you accomplish or how you accomplish?
    some pimps and dealers have fine lifestyles.
    are you proud of them?

  • Clnmike

    Congrats to her I guess, I am curious to see what course they provide that would enhance her already successful business. I get the feeling that this program is more of a benefit for Harvard by allowing them to brand successful business men and women under Harvard’s banner. Networking maybe…….

  • African Mami

    @j-philly

    don’t you get bedbugs from bedding down with white men?

    If you can’t contribute to the discussion without getting personal, keep it moving!

  • SKS

    Go Tyra! Let the haters hate. Based on some of these comments an educated black women scares ppl. smh

  • Miss Jae

    I was reading somewhere online that she didn’t do ungrad. Supposedly she had choosen to attendLoyola Marymount & two week before her classes starts, she was spotted by a french model scout & offered her to walk a runway show immediately in Paris…

  • Jane

    Shabba, what are you talking about? Please expound on your thoughts.

  • http://StimulationStatus.onsugar.com Nicki

    Its never too late to learn more. Although she has successful businesses, she shows younger people, women, especially that there is always more to learn. As for her “pimping” other son ANTM, they chose to do the show! They have the option to do more and become successful after the show. Tyra Banks got them through the door. Its their responsibility to put it to good use. Look at YaYa and Eva!

  • Marisol

    I asked that question too David. I google her and the answer is NO, she did not attend undergrad. I know I know, I have asked that question as well. But, when you have money you can get into any college that your heart desires

  • OhMyEyes

    For those wondering how she’s able to enroll without having a degree under her belt: It sounds like she’s just taking an extension course, not trying to earn an MBA. Most universities offer these and anyone can take them as they usually don’t have prerequisites.

  • Deech

    See, THIS is what i admire about Tyra Banks and her brand. She’s in this for the long-haul, and not some petty project. She’s an innovator and she is an inspiration to all young girls and women, especially ex-models.

    Take for example Paulina Poraskova(sp?). She put up a big stink after Tyra let her go from ANTM, and she’s never been the same. So she goes on her blog to take potshots at Tyra’s weaves and bossy attitude. Ex-models like Paulina are mad because their looks have diminished and they have nothing to show for themselves but to write about it expecting people to feel sorry for her. Why she won’t get how own business started is beyond me.

    Go Tyra Girl! We need more women like you in this world!

  • http://dontneedoneorhaveone OL Fart

    I am not apologizing for her choice in men that’s personal. I come from the generation that did not see black women in the media at all, unless they were playing subservient roles.
    I am so dam proud of what she has accomplished with her life, lets us appreciate were she started from, what she had to overcome and where she has taken her career. I’m CERTAIN you all know that ANYONE black or White to have used creativity talents to leveraged her business skills to get to where she is today is INCREDABLE. She has done all of this without a Harvard MBA. With just old school common sense & street smarts is quite an accomplishment. She has achieved her success with CLASS.
    You don’t see her name in the trades associated with scandalous behavior. She gives back to society in a big way. So to all you Haters out their get over it.

  • Josh

    wow!! she speaks as if she is kind of slow so I dunno lol

  • Josh

    So where do you live? In one of the “global white supremacy” countries that you talk down on? Since you “love yourself” and “your people” why don’t you move to….I dont know, liberia or zambia. I heard the weather is great this time of year, but dont forget your AK! So whose to blame for the dominate ethnic groups that make up the third world countries? You can’t put the blame on “global white supremacy” because they are successful. Only A culture that emphasizes self-sacrifice for the common good will succeed. Furthermore, in some cultures, parents and the society put more value on education than in others. This not being the case in the countries that you outlined in your post. You know, the countries that are in conflict with “global white supremacy”. Without education, we merely live and act like animals. I know the world is not perfect and I don’t judge anyone that lives in a third world country because i have zero time in their shoes. With all this said, relax!!!!! If your ideology is this screwed up in the time that we live in now, I cant imagine how you would have been 100 years ago!!!!!! appreciate your life and what you have, some people dont have the privilege of an education that you have, ( hint you can read and write these comments) or the economic sercurity to afford a computer with access to the internet (hint leaving comments!!!!)

  • Josh

    @@@Shabba:

    So where do you live? In one of the “global white supremacy” countries that you talk down on? Since you “love yourself” and “your people” why don’t you move to….I dont know, liberia or zambia. I heard the weather is great this time of year, but dont forget your AK! So whose to blame for the dominate ethnic groups that make up the third world countries? You can’t put the blame on “global white supremacy” because they are successful. Only A culture that emphasizes self-sacrifice for the common good will succeed. Furthermore, in some cultures, parents and the society put more value on education than in others. This not being the case in the countries that you outlined in your post. You know, the countries that are in conflict with “global white supremacy”. Without education, we merely live and act like animals. I know the world is not perfect and I don’t judge anyone that lives in a third world country because i have zero time in their shoes. With all this said, relax!!!!! If your ideology is this screwed up in the time that we live in now, I cant imagine how you would have been 100 years ago!!!!!! appreciate your life and what you have, some people dont have the privilege of an education that you have, ( hint you can read and write these comments) or the economic sercurity to afford a computer with access to the internet (hint leaving comments!!!!)

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