Tyra Banks is proving that she can do anything she sets her sights on. In addition to serving as the host and executive producer of Dancing With the Stars, Tyra is also the founder of ModelLand. With so many roles, you would assume that she is cashing in on a lot of checks with a massive net worth — and you’d be absolutely correct!
The fashionista is valued at $90 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Tyra first rose to fame when she became the first Black woman on the cover of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 1997, she was walking the catwalk for Victoria’s Secret and quickly became one of the world’s top-earning models. In fact, she told The Hollywood Reporter in August 2017 that she “didn’t turn into a business woman overnight.” The TV personality always took her job “very seriously.”
The California native has been the true definition of a boss throughout her career. Her work ethic hasn’t changed from when she first started out in the fashion industry. In the past, Tyra shared a little bit of helpful advice about shutting down your haters and reaching success.
“Somebody telling you that you are not good enough, you can’t do it, it’s not gonna happen, it’s impossible, sit down, shut up, step aside and move over for somebody else,” the business mogul, who owns TYRA Beauty, told The Hollywood Reporter. “I am here to tell you to tell them to kiss your big fat ass! Or your flat ass or your cellulite-and-stretch-marked ass. Whatever kind of ass you have, you tell them to kiss it. It’s so important to look past that and acknowledge that they’re tripping and they have their pain, but we’re not gonna let that keep us down.”
A majority of Tyra’s net worth came from more than a decade of serving as the host and executive producer of America’s Next Top Model. She continued to dominate the CW network when the opportunity came for her to host her own talk show in 2005. The Tyra Banks Show ran until 2010 and scored two Daytime Emmy Awards throughout its run.
In 2017, Tyra was tapped to host season 12 of America’s Got Talent. She was brought back once more to host in season 13 before moving on from the series. Tyra went from NBC to ABC in 2020, beginning her journey on Dancing with the Stars in season 29. She replaced longtime hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews as the new face of the show. The supermodel shared in a July 2021 statement that she has been a huge fan of the show “since the beginning.”
In between hosting and producing Dancing with the Stars, Tyra created her own company, Smize Cream. The ice cream brand features a “Smize Surprise” in every cup and ships all over the U.S. The delicious treat was originally supposed to be sold at ModelLand, a modeling-themed amusement park.
The grand opening of ModelLand was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Tyra did open up a Smize Cream store in Santa Monica Place in July 2021. She has one huge career inspiration that she hopes to emulate with the future opening of ModelLand.
“Walt Disney is one of my inspirations, my role models,” Tyra told Variety in July 2021. “I look at what he did and how it’s still relevant to this day. His legacy lives on — the family entertainment, the happiest place on Earth. That’s what I want, a legacy.”