Tyra Banks is well on her way to becoming an alum of the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program which has many wondering what the model and media mogul plans to do next. Youngme Moon, a professor at HBS, sat down with Tyra to talk about just that—and to ask why a woman who was already at the top of her game decided to head back to school in the first place. Check out highlights of the interview:
Why she came to Harvard
“There’s a difference between a career and a business,” Tyra said, adding that she wants to turn her brand into a sustainable, legacy business. “I’m not looking to build my company based on fans.” Rather, she feels a responsibility to spread her message of empowerment, self-esteem, and beauty in a way that’s consistent with her ethos and, hopefully, favorable to her bottom line.
Plans to be the next Oprah
“The comparisons are extremely flattering, impossible to live up to, and inconsistent with my goals.”
Her definition of success
“[It’s] not about being the biggest, but being the best.”
Words of wisdom
“It’s okay to be vulnerable. Things don’t always have to be perfect.”
“You have a drive that the average person does not have. I’ve just started to take care of myself, and you need to do that, too.”
“Don’t chase the money, even if you want to be a banker. Chase the passion. Chase the dream.”
Are you excited about how Tyra is building her brand? Do you think she’s a good business role model for women?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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