From the runway, to television, bookstores and beyond, Tyra Banks is definitely not your average model. Her intense attitude and deep insight into business and modeling has shown us what it means to be a powerful woman and trailblazer in your field. You may look at Tyra and think you have nothing to learn, but you’re wrong. Here are four lessons we’ve learned from the fierce Ms. Banks.

Act Like A Lady….Think Like A Boss
Say what you want about Ms. Banks, but the woman is on her grind.  Sure she could’ve relied on her pretty face and awesome body for as long as possible, but she had dreams bigger than the end of the Victoria’s Secret runway.  Tyra branched out from modeling and created her own reality show for aspiring models that is still going strong after 10+ seasons.  But even that wasn’t enough, Ms. Banks started her own company, dabbled in film, wrote a book, enrolled at Harvard University Business School at 37 years old and now, because all that wasn’t enough, she has created her own website TypeF.com and an app called “Smize Yourself!” that helps users get her signature “smize.”  All this while strutting around town in sky high stilettos, looking effortlessly flawless….like a lady and a boss should!

Break up?  Put On Makeup!
Recently Tyra sat down with talk show host Wendy Williams and the two discussed Tyra’s recent breakup with her long time boyfriend John Utendahl.  Even though the break up hurt, naturally, Tyra didn’t resort to ratty sweats and bad hair like most of us would.  Oh the horror!  Instead, Ms. Banks put on her highest heels, biggest hair and tightest dress and with her face beat to the heavens strutted her fabulous self to Wendy’s talk show to show her “friend” John and the world exactly what they’re missing!  Eat your heart out!

Separate Business From Personal
When the media announced that long time judges Ms. And Mr. Jay and photographer Nigel Barker were going to be leaving Tyra’s hit show America’s Next top Model, everyone assumed there was trouble in paradise, but that couldn’t have been farther from the truth.  Even though personally Tyra had to make the tough decision to axe her good friends that have been a major part of the show since day one, business wise she needed to switch the show up a bit and add fresh blood.  She mad sure everyone knew her friendship with the trio was first and foremost tweeting “Fierce & love 2 my @NigelBarker, @MrJayManuel & Miss J. #ANTM turned us in2 a family. Excited for what the future holds for us. XOXO TyTy.”  It’s never easy having to make business decisions with personal friends, but if the friendship is genuine and strong, they will understand that it wasn’t personal….just business!

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