Tyra-Education: 5 Things We Can Learn from Tyra

by Danielle Pointdujour

From the runway, to television, bookstores and beyond, Tyra Banks is definitely not your average model. Her intense attitude and deep insight into business and modeling has shown us what it means to be a powerful woman and trailblazer in your field. You may look at Tyra and think you have nothing to learn, but you’re wrong. Here are four lessons we’ve learned from the fierce Ms. Banks.

Act Like A Lady….Think Like A Boss
Say what you want about Ms. Banks, but the woman is on her grind.  Sure she could’ve relied on her pretty face and awesome body for as long as possible, but she had dreams bigger than the end of the Victoria’s Secret runway.  Tyra branched out from modeling and created her own reality show for aspiring models that is still going strong after 10+ seasons.  But even that wasn’t enough, Ms. Banks started her own company, dabbled in film, wrote a book, enrolled at Harvard University Business School at 37 years old and now, because all that wasn’t enough, she has created her own website TypeF.com and an app called “Smize Yourself!” that helps users get her signature “smize.”  All this while strutting around town in sky high stilettos, looking effortlessly flawless….like a lady and a boss should!

Break up?  Put On Makeup!
Recently Tyra sat down with talk show host Wendy Williams and the two discussed Tyra’s recent breakup with her long time boyfriend John Utendahl.  Even though the break up hurt, naturally, Tyra didn’t resort to ratty sweats and bad hair like most of us would.  Oh the horror!  Instead, Ms. Banks put on her highest heels, biggest hair and tightest dress and with her face beat to the heavens strutted her fabulous self to Wendy’s talk show to show her “friend” John and the world exactly what they’re missing!  Eat your heart out!

Separate Business From Personal
When the media announced that long time judges Ms. And Mr. Jay and photographer Nigel Barker were going to be leaving Tyra’s hit show America’s Next top Model, everyone assumed there was trouble in paradise, but that couldn’t have been farther from the truth.  Even though personally Tyra had to make the tough decision to axe her good friends that have been a major part of the show since day one, business wise she needed to switch the show up a bit and add fresh blood.  She mad sure everyone knew her friendship with the trio was first and foremost tweeting “Fierce & love 2 my @NigelBarker, @MrJayManuel & Miss J. #ANTM turned us in2 a family. Excited for what the future holds for us. XOXO TyTy.”  It’s never easy having to make business decisions with personal friends, but if the friendship is genuine and strong, they will understand that it wasn’t personal….just business!

  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

    Does anyone know when was the last time a non-White model won ANTM?

  • __A

    Tyra is a bit crazy and too into herself, but she did accomplish many things outside of just being a pretty face and dressing in lingerie. I used to really like her until I watched her talk show. She would find a way to make just about any comment about herself. I still like her just not as much.

  • Maria

    Tyra has accomplished a lot and she is successful BUT I would prefer not to be a 38 year old woman never married with no kids.

  • http://twitter.com/gennatay Gennatay (@gennatay)

    Wow, at these comments. Here is an article celebrating the accomplishments of a beautiful, smart and successful black women and the comments are negative. I just don’t get it. I know we are all entitled to our opinion, but what happened to lifting each other up?

    I applaud Tyra. She could have gone the way of the forgotten black model. It looks like she’s following in Iman’s footsteps and building a business with her brand. Well done.

  • Demetria

    She’s also creating a tv series about her life. I love this woman.

  • Jasmine Day

    Wow seriously? I bet you would have wanted her to skip Harvard and go directly to the kitchen barefoot and pregnant? Have a seat ma’am.

  • http://VerityReign.com Verity Reign

    I’m so glad u commented on this because I was thinking the same while reading the comments! Tyra is a beautiful woman & a great example for ambitious women! It disturbs me that women way too often struggle with just giving a compliment and being done. We always have to find at least one negative thing to say, no matter how significantly irrelevant it is. It annoys me so much. Anyway, great post & well written to the author. Tyra’s body of work speaks mega volumes!

  • AM

    snaps all aroud ma pippoz. Go get it. That Mary Mary track, fits this post.

  • Keepitreal

    You tell them Maria, because a woman is worthless without a man and ten times more worthless without a child. GTFO

  • EST. 1986

    Actually, there have been several non-White models who won. Now, I stopped watching the show years ago, so I can’t tell you how long it has been.

  • EST. 1986

    “She would find a way to make just about any comment about herself.”

    OMgoodness, yes! She ‘killed’ me with that. Wendy Williams is like that too.

  • Jaslene

    Maria you have everyone in a tizzy I support your decision. It seems that everyone doesn’t realize you are talking about you and not anyone else. Now I am may not want that for me but I understand if that is what you want for you.

  • Jaslene

    She really does make everything about her even on ANTM.

  • Chillyroad

    Tyra is cool. She is from my area as well. I’m glad she has turned herself into a brand. I know she is a model- former- but do people have to act like a woman going on 40 has to be the same size she was when she was 21?

    Ditto Kimora. Yes she is loud and crazy but I appreciate that she had a seemingly seamless transition into divorced to remarried without all the drama and trash talk. She unlike so many women didn’t make a career out of hood drama business.

    For black women in the limelight … We don’t need you to be perfect but classy and ladylike. People break up divorce go broke etc. but you can do it with class.

  • yumm

    I don’t think black women should have to act a certain way just because they are black women – and the world is trying to label them this and that. They should be as free as any other type women- allow living your life trying to gain respect that will use any excuse to look down on you- how limiting.

  • Lady P

    Tyra for sure is a powerhouse. I have much respect for how she started out as a [young] model and became a successful business woman. At the same time, enrolling in Harvard Business School at age 37 which is even setting a higher bar for our young women to continue to strive for success regardless of their age. Some may start out later than others depending on their individual circumstance.

    She is a great example for all women regardless of age and continues to represent beauty and brains in a very fashionable [classy] and unapologetic manner. #Hatsoff to you Ms. Tyra… keep up the good work!

  • JN

    People hate on her but she is a leader in her field. Maybe she does not get along with Naomi on the runway, but instead of turning that into a negative, she went into TV. Naomi saw that was successful and even SHE had to try and emulate her success with her own show (and one of Tyra’s old colleagues). Building a brand is not for the weak and Tyra knows how to work her brand.

  • Chillyroad


    Please stop. Being a lady isn’t an option. It is a moral imperative. In the case of Kimora she has two daughters and a son. What better reason?

    Also Tyra markets herself as a role model and she is a good one.

    I’m going to celebrate positive black women in the media and shun the negatives because they represent my values.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    I applaud Tyra hate her or love her there is no denying she is one smart cookie and a savvy business woman. She is one of few true supermodels who knew how to find longevity in her career long after the runway.

  • Maria

    Lets be honest! If was not for Tyras celebrity status she would of never been accepted to Harvard.

  • Maria

    I didnt say woman were worthless without children. I dont have children and I do not plan on having children until Im married and well established in my career.

    Im just wondering after all the lights on the runway have went off what does she have to go home too.

  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

    My question wasn’t if any Black models have ever won, it was when was the LAST TIME a Black model has won.

  • EST. 1986

    Yes. That’s why I said, “I can’t tell you how long it has been.”

  • EST. 1986

    Okay, so the last ‘Black’ winner was in cycle 12.

  • Let’s not impose ourselves on others………

    Maybe she never wanted either. I dont and never wanted kids or marraige. I go home to peace and quiet.

  • http://theantifash.blogspot.com Theantifash

    Tyra Banks is to the fashion industry what Tyler Perry is to the film industry…

    Can’t knock the hustle.

  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

    I think they are up to cycle 19 or 20 now, so it’s definitely been a while. Thanks.

  • JN

    The winner of this last cycle was actually white.

  • http://WWw.stacyaustraliabrice.blogspot.com StacyAustralia

    Oh yes!! She’s always been one pf my She-ros!!

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