She introduced us to the term "smize" but that's not all Tyra Banks is known for. After welcoming her first son a year ago with now ex-boyfriend Erik Asla, the 44-year-old America's Got Talent host has spent the last 12 months embracing motherhood, starting a new gig, and focusing on both her family and career.
The America's Next Top Model creator recently got candid about motherhood, saying that it's changed her perspective on work-life balance. Her son taught her to focus on each obstacle, as it comes.
"My secret to balance is to focus on one thing at a time. I used to be the most amazing multi-tasker, doing three things at once," Tyra revealed to People. "Not anymore, now that I have my son. I think that's Mother Nature's way of saying this life you created takes all of your brain power."
Though Tyra and baby York's daddy Erik have since split up after five years together, a source says that the former couple is doing everything they can to co-parent amicably. "It came drama-free," the source explains of the breakup. Keep reading to find out more about Tyra, how she's handling being a new mom, and why she replaced Nick Cannon on AGT!
How tall is Tyra Banks?
Supermodel Tyra is five feet and 10 inches tall. Did you think she was shorter or taller on the runway?
What's Tyra Banks' net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Tyra is worth an estimated $90 million. Between all of her acting and modeling gigs, we're not surprised, we just wish we had that type of money!
Are Tyra Banks' eyes really green?
Yes — green is Tyra's natural eye color. Tyra is African-American but carries the green-eyed gene because she has European ancestry.
Why is Tyra Banks hosting America's Got Talent?
After Nick Cannon abruptly left AGT after eight years of hosting, the Simon Cowell-led show was left without a host. Nick claimed that NBC threatened to terminate his contract after he made racially-insensitive jokes during his Showtime special Nick Cannon: Stand Up, Don't Shoot. So how did Tyra come to be the host?
"We started with no host," Simon Cowell said. "Then one of us got a phone call saying Tyra Banks was interested. So I told her, 'Come over to the house tomorrow.' She turns out, ripped jeans, not really any makeup, sat down and within five minutes, we literally all said, 'We would love you to join the show.' It was that quick," the 58-year-old added.
What is Tyra Bank's son's name?
Tyra named her first son York Banks Asla. The baby shares both Tyra's surname and her ex-boyfriend's, Asla.
Did Tyra Banks use a surrogate?
Tyra welcomed her first child at age 42 via surrogate. Since meeting her son York, she has been outspoken about her struggles with infertility.
"As I gaze into the beautiful eyes of my son, I think about all the people who struggle with fertility or carrying a child and continue to pray for them every day," Tyra told People. "My hopes and dreams are filled with well wishes that they get to feel what my little treasure, York Banks Asla, feels like in my arms."
Does Tyra Banks sing?
While she is primarily a model and a TV personality, few people know that Tyra can actually sing. Apart from singing in the Disney Channel movie Life Size on the track "Be a Star!", Tyra has also recorded a few songs. In 2004, she released her first single "Shake Ya Body" and another single entitled "K.O.B.E.," which featured NBA player Kobe Bryant.