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This book chronicles the fascinating life story of the supermodel turned media mogul who has become one of the most influential African American women in our popular culture.
For high school students and general readers, Jacobs, an editor, writer, and author who specializes in travel, health, fitness, and celebrities, presents a biography of model, TV show host and producer, businesswoman, and actress Tyra Banks. She chronicles Banks' childhood and rise as a supermodel; how she broke through barriers by becoming the first African American model on the cover of GQ, Sports Illustrated, and the Victoria's Secret catalog; her stint as a correspondent for Oprah Winfrey's show; how she is a role model for young girls through her scholarship funds, summer camps, and self-help book; and her creation of America's Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show. She also discusses fights with the media over weight and other issues, her personal failures, and her interviews with politicians like Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The accidental supermodel
Lights! camera! action!
Supermodel turned teen role model
From runway to reality TV
Tyra's media tirades
Tyra becomes a media mogul
False notes, dead ends, and bad hair days
Tyra enters the political arena
Diva or dreamgirl? The controversy continues
African American actresses
African Americans in television broadcasting
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