by Keisha Bell
Do you guard what enters your body, your spirit and your mind? Negative messages linger all around, but do you reject that which is not your truth or do you allow others to define what is true for you?
Meet Tyra Lynne Banks, the first African-American woman to be featured on the covers of “GQ” and the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue,” as well as the first African American chosen for the cover of the “Victoria’s Secret” catalog. Born Dec. 4, 1973, she is a former internationally-known model, businesswoman, producer, television personality, actress, author and singer.
Banks’ extensive body of work has led to her receiving numerous awards, nominations and recognition. “Time” magazine has ranked her among the world’s most influential people on several occasions. She is only one of four African Americans and seven women to have this repeated distinction.