5 Surprising Facts about Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks is well known as the host and producer of the hit reality TV show, America’s Next Top Model, where American women (and now, even men!) compete in a modeling competition for the top prize of being named—you guessed it—America’s Next Top Model. Tyra Banks has also made a name for herself via her talk show, which is now off the air; her talk show often dealt with surprisingly gritty issues, such as eating disorders, sexual abuse, bullying and social commentary. Although the show is no longer airing, its success helped further cement the name Tyra Banks into the public imagination.

If you think you know Tyra, however, think again! Consider the following interesting, fun and even surprising facts about everyone’s favorite fashion model, former talk show host, and America’s Next Top Model judge.

Tyra Appeared in Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” video


Did you know that Tyra actually appeared in the popular “Black and White” music video by Michael Jackson? Tyra herself confessed that she was cast in the video and appears as one of the strange morphing faces which appear towards the end of the music video. Although it’s certainly not a prominent role, it is proof that celebrities—even the famous Tyra Banks—can often pop up when you least expect it.

Tyra Has One Great Fear… Dolphins

It’s true! Tyra has admitted on multiple occasions that she is very scared of dolphins. At an early age, she has said, she began having dreams where dolphins would trap her in a pool and bump her over and over. Although her scary dreams have, presumably, long since passed, Tyra is still afraid of dolphins and would certainly never get into the water with one! Although her fear may not be entirely unsubstantiated, as captive dolphins have been known to injure trainers or people invited to swim with the dolphins at popular amusement parks due to the high psychological and physical stress of captivity.

Tyra’s Muscle Modeling Secret: Oil!

Tyra confessed that one of the most commonly used tricks in the modeling industry—and one trick frequently employed for her covers, particularly swimsuit issues—is to cover the model’s body with oil. The sheen and shine from the oil helps to create the illusion of muscle definition, even when it wasn’t there. Of her popular Sport’s illustrated cover, Tyra has admitted that the “oil trick” was used to make her look more muscular. Watch reruns of America’s Next Top Model when you have a cable TV subscription from Charter.

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