Supermodel Tyra Banks Says This Is What She Wants to Be Known for in Life

The mogul opened up about her business endeavors in a recent interview.
Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks.


Tyra Banks is an absolute legend. The business mogul and model made her SI Swimsuit debut in 1993 and made history three years later when she was the first Black woman to appear on the magazine’s cover (alongside Valeria Mazza).

Banks, 49, has been featured on the cover of SI Swimsuit a total of three times and went on to create the wildly successful reality show America’s Next Top Model. She recently posed for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, and in an accompanying feature story, Banks talked about her business pursuits with the publication.

While Banks has published several books and appeared on-screen as an actress, she shared that she doesn’t consider herself either an author or actress. She also divulged the legacy that she hopes to leave career-wise.

“... Where I put my energy now is what makes me the happiest, which is business, and that is what I want to be known for—being a businesswoman, being an entrepreneur,” she stated.

Banks is not only the founder and CEO of her own production company, Bankable Productions, but she’s also the founder of the gourmet ice cream company SMiZE Cream.

“No matter where I am in the world when I tell people that I have an ice cream company—it doesn’t matter if you are a head of state or the head of a school—the idea of ice cream just makes people happy,” Banks said of her business.

The seven-time SI Swimsuit model kept to the same theme when she promoted the article on Instagram on Feb. 22. In the snapshot, Banks wore a belted blue puffer jacket paired with shiny pointed-toe gold boots.

“Between my business meetings, I still like to pose for the camera,” she wrote. “ 📸February @harpersbazaararabia out now.”

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Cara O’Bleness

CARA O’BLENESS

Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.