Tyra Banks: From Model to Mogul

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Acting Out

Tyra made her acting debut in 1993 with a seven episode stint on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as Will Smith’s love interest “Jackie Ames.” Her first movie opportunity came the following year after Boyz in the Hood director John Singleton saw her on the June 1993 cover of Essence and thought she would be perfect. She’d go on to star in her first film, Higher Learning (1994), alongside Omar Epps.

(Photo: Courtesy NBC)

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