“My mom never taught me to be waiting for some prince on a white horse to swipe me off my feet.”- Tyra Banks

She taught us all how to smize (smile with your eyes)! Tyra Banks is more than just a pretty face. She has reinvented herself professionally over the years and at the age of 40, can still give 20-year-old models a challenge!

Think you know Tyra?  Maybe you didn’t know these facts:

-Tyra was as one of Victoria’s Secret original Angels, and in 1997 she became the first-ever African American chosen for the cover of the store’s catalog.

-She was rejected by four modeling agencies before she was signed by L.A. Models.

-Banks was the first African American woman on the covers of GQ and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

-In 2009, she opened up about her past abusive relationship when she made a guest appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in a show dedicated to the issue of dating violence related to the Chris Brown attack on Rihanna.

-Banks was romantically linked to musician Seal, film director John Singleton and actor Will Smith in the 1990s. She dated basketball player Chris Webber from 2001 to 2004.

She’s beautiful. She’s talented. She’s Single and happy! What’s not to love about Tyra?