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Tyra Banks is not only famous for being one of the highest paid and successful black models. She’s also the executive producer and creator of the international phenomenon “America’s Next Top Model,” an Emmy Award-winning talk show host, actress — and now author. The rise of her first novel “Modelland” to New York Times best-seller status is the perfect occasion to celebrate this woman for all that she has done. She is even making moves on the web front with her fashion site Type F, showing that her entrepreneurial chops extend beyond the entertainment world.

As a style icon, Tyra has become an inspiration for black women all over the world by embracing her curves, teaching us how to smile with our eyes and rocking these stylish yet elegant hairstyles. Over the years, this mogul’s has rocked braids, weaves, extensions and wigs — and even her own real hair — but her trademark look is the lace-front wig. The versatility of Tyra Banks’ hairstyles reflect her multifarious career. Flashback through the years to see her everchanging hairstyles and evolution from a model to a modern day mogul!

Confident Cutie

Before lace fronts and lashes, the model-to-be is so adorable in a school picture with soft natural curls in an elegant bob. Cuter than cute to see Tyra Banks’ real hair!

Next Top Model

A young Tyra looks look like a young glamazon ready to take over the fashion world with her weave ponytail and sweet, effervescent makeup look.

Beauty, Brains & Braids

Sometime in the 90’s the future mogul rocked long box braids with stunning makeup and a smile to die to for.

Sporty Bohemian

Tyra hit the 1999 ESPY Awards looking like a bohemian beauty with cornrows and a head full of bouncy curls. Love!

Model Material

A fresh, young look: Tyra shows us how to be Hot and simple with a ponytail and layered bang. Simply gorgeous darling!

Bangin Body

Tyra struts her stuff, working an eyebrow-grazing bang and straight, yet full of body hairstyle with slightly bumped ends. Bangin! Both the body and the hair!

Red Haute

Here, Tyra Banks sports her red lace wag in sleek, defined curls with a glamorous pin to the side for a retro vibe. We dig it!

Bunned Up

Tyra Banks attends the 2009 Metropolitan Musuem of Art Gala with a twisted bun on the crown of her head. This look highlights her strong facial features and is fitting for the gala as it’s modern and artistic!

Runway Ringlets

Taking home the 2008 Glamour Women of the Year award, Tyra Banks sports a lace front full of honey blonde and brown loose, glossy ringlets. Can’t forget about the baby hair that she loves oh so much! Adds that special touch to the lace front look.

Highlighted Honey

The Emmy award winning model/talkshow host looks fierce with this  chin-length bob. Banks added honey highlights for that extra touch of Hot!

High Fashion

With this high bun hairstyle,Tyra epitomizes the word “supermodel.” We are very impressed. In a high chignon that displays her chiseled cheekbones and perfect décolletage, our girl looks absolutely stunning!



Twisted Tyra

Playful and flirty, Tyra rocks her locks in a twisted half up, half down do’. Cute and easy, anybody can recreate this look. Werrrkkkkk!

Au Naturale

In 2009, Tyra who is famous for her lace-front wigs and weaves, took to Twitter with this picture of her showing off her real hair. Here, Tyra shows off her own natural hair; no wig, no weave  no product, no accessories, no fuss — just 100% natural.

Polished & Pretty

In a unique look of red carpet glam, the polished model sported a pinned back bun with eye popping lashes and nude makeup. A chic evening look!

Haute Hairdo

These bouncy sausage curls and a side swept bang gave Ty Ty a perky ’60s screen siren look! Hot & Haute!

Long Story

Here, the supermodel reminds us of fairly tale character: Rapunzel! Working a pretty bright red-lip accentuated by a long dark ash blond lace feont wig full of waves, she looks too good to be true! Good thing she has already found her Prince Charming!

Laced Up

Tyra hits the red carpet showing off a shoulder length wavy lace front full of loose curls, complimented by her flawless makeup. We see you Tyra — keep smiling with your eyes!

Dark Angel

Known for being one of sexiest angels to grace the Victoria’s Secret catalog, this angel’s super straight strands look sleek and chic with a glossy finish. It’s good to take a break from the blonde.

Golden Girl

And it’s great to come back! Tyra glistens and glows here, with a blond wig accentuated by Hot gold makeup. Fierce!

Bankable Beauty

The multi-faceted star looks pretty as a preppy picture, as she rocks her tresses in a soft feathery look, pulled up into a demure pompadour.

Model to Mogul

Ms.Banks looks every ounce the savvy, successful business women she is with a women’s tailored suit and a professional, yet Hot hairstyle. She has donned her signature lace-front wig in a simple straight, part-down-the-middle hairstyle that mixes business with pleasure. Tyra looks part model, part mogul! We heart her and all her various hairstyles. What do you think and what are your favorites? Did you get any good hair inspiration from this business and style icon? Let’s discuss it in the comments!

Tianna is a NYC based blogger, with love and knowledge for all things, beauty, business and brains. Follow her @TeeNecole

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