Later that year, she shot her first print piece for magazine.

After graduating from high school in 1991, Banks enrolled at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, but decided to forego college when Elite offered to send her to Paris for high-fashion runway modeling.

Nevertheless, Banks says that the teasing and abuse taught her the importance of kindness.

After her grandmother passed away from lung cancer, Banks also vowed never to smoke.

Banks confesses that she was somewhat of a "mean girl" in middle school.

The show's most famous moment came in February 2007, shortly after several unflattering pictures of Banks in a bathing suit surfaced in tabloid magazines.

Banks marched onstage wearing the same bathing suit and told critics to "Kiss my fat ass!

She told magazine that she decided to end her program to focus on "bringing positive images of women to the big screen." The following year, Banks launched a style and beauty website called type

She also enrolled at Harvard Business School around this time, completing her special course for CEOs and other top executives in early 2012.

Banks rose swiftly through the ranks of fashion modeling to become one of the world's top supermodels.

She booked 25 runway shows while in Paris in 1991, an unprecedented feat for a newcomer to the industry.

It's not easy, though, because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box. It's not a chase for material goods, it's about learning what inspires you in life and creating a plan to turn it into your life's work.”Supermodel Tyra Lynne Banks was born on December 4, 1973, in Inglewood, California.

Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.”“I went from being the popular girl who looked normal, to being considered a freak.

"I was popular, gossipy," she recalls, adding, "and if I didn't want one of the other girls to be in the clique anymore, for whatever tiny little reason, I voted her out." When Banks attended Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, however, she found herself on the other end of the social food chain.