Tyra Banks

by ethnic on September 10, 2008

Birth Name: Tyra Lynne Banks

Place of Birth: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 4, 1973

Ethnicity: African-American

Tyra Banks is an American model, actress, television personality, show host, writer, singer, producer, and businessperson. Her parents, Caroline (London) and Donald Banks, are both African-American.

A picture of Tyra with her parents can be seen here.

Tyra has a son with her former partner, Norwegian photographer Erik Asla.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show America’s Next Top Model (2014) stated that Tyra’s genetic ancestry is:

*79% African
*14% British
*6% Native American

One of Tyra’s great-great-grandfathers was named Walter Taylor.

Tyra’s maternal grandmother was named Florine.

Sources: Genealogical information on Tyra Banks – https://blogs.ancestry.com


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Multiethnicchick October 14, 2017 at 6:47 pm

Take away the weave/wig and nose job and she’d look for like what her dna test describes

neiltennant October 15, 2017 at 4:28 am

NO I Wouldn’t totally agree with you
she has green eyes

no original african has natural green, blue or hazel eyes

even the ethiopian or eritrean people who have strong admixture with Italians and arabs don’t have those eye colors

bablah May 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

According to the book Tyra Banks: From Supermodel to Role Model her maternal grandmother was Florine London when she was 50 years old.
This might be her:

Some info from ancestry:

bablah May 21, 2017 at 11:54 am

>Florine London when she was 50 years old
*Florine London who died when she was 50 years old

neiltennant May 4, 2017 at 8:32 am

of course officially she is only african american

but i met a lot of AA people who told me sad stories that white people had affairs with their ancestors or that white slave owners raped black women

fuzzybear44 May 4, 2017 at 1:55 pm


Quote(of course officially she is only african American)

Look I keep saying this , African American is just our combined cultural identity our political title , our Ethnicity(history, traditions, foods etc.) or our in the U.S. It is not out bloodlines, since AA’s are not the same genetically. We have different European bloodlines, native American(if they have it), East Asian or Middle Eastern(if they have it). Even our African Bloodlines are not the same. It’s just like saying your Latin American, meaning you could have all types of bloodlines running through your family.

Quote(but i met a lot of AA people who told me sad stories that white people had affairs with their ancestors or that white slave owners raped black women)

You didn’t know about any of this? Black women would tell you all the time, how the girls had to walk home in groups , carrying switchblades and little 22’s pistols to protect themselves from the white men , who made it a habit of trying to raped them. My mother told me how guilty she felted when she was young, and how one day she had to go home early, and her friend was left to walk home late by herself. She was dragged into an alley, where she was raped. My mom said her friend just begged them not to kill her. Back in the day, white men would walk into black people houses, to try and do things. And that was after slavery was over

phaedra March 22, 2016 at 10:53 pm

Her white side gives her that exotica mocha colored look and hazel eyes. So beautiful.

neiltennant May 4, 2017 at 8:31 am

actually she has green eyes forrest green

crunty February 27, 2016 at 7:04 am

Some europeans have definitely pished in her genetic bucket.

fuzzybear44 February 27, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Yes, but from that percentage, it’s not a recent contribution

neiltennant October 15, 2017 at 4:30 am

a lot of africans as slaves had affairs and love relationships with white slave owners

nobody could ever stop that

that is natural

And of course some of them were raped

fuzzybear44 January 9, 2018 at 2:47 pm


Quote(And of course some of them were raped)

No most were rape, not just some. Why do you think Black Americans don’t jump for joy about their white bloodlines. Now yes there were a good number of relationships based on love or some kind of arrangement, but lets not get things twisted, White men took full advantage of their human property(raping men ,women and even children).

savanna December 9, 2015 at 5:57 am

The article also said: “It’s actually quite rare to have such a high percentage of Native American blood — only 1 percent of test takers have more than 5 percent in their DNA..”

savanna December 8, 2015 at 6:52 pm

She is the daughter of Caroline London and Donald Banks.

“On a recent episode of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks turned her reality show into a DNA laboratory… So, she submitted a saliva sample with the AncestryDNA test, and the experts at Ancestry looked at more than 700,000 locations on her DNA map to reveal that the 5’10” California beauty is:
-79 percent African
-14 percent British
-6 percent Native American”


xoxo October 21, 2015 at 5:25 am

A lot of mixed people only claim black, so her parents could be mixed but only as identify as “black”. I don’t think she looks 100% black, she probably has a significant amount of white in her.

midori29 October 21, 2015 at 11:23 am

I wouldnt say a significant amount, thats sounds like too much. I am unsure what 100 percent black looks like to you but it can look like Tyra Banks. There are 100 percent black nigerians with her look.

flo January 3, 2017 at 12:17 am
midori29 September 29, 2015 at 10:16 am

Intersting that Tyra Banks ,mother, brother, and father are all dark skinned with brown eyes link:

fuzzybear44 September 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm


Well that does happen, skin color does vary in families here, as I ‘m sure it does with your people.however who knows.

neiltennant July 14, 2015 at 12:56 pm


i saw fotos of her from her time before breakthrough and she looked even then without plastic surgery mixed

and be honest some cannot find americans from those ares from which the african americans were brought from as slaves like her

please be honest don’t take it like it would be normal that some can find green or blue eyed africans in ghana or sierra leone

Zatm81 August 18, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Only African American? Really bro? African American is an ethnicity not a race… African Americans are called this because they get the majority of their ancestral roots from Africa. You know where Tyra Banks gets the majority of her ancestral roots from? Ding ding!!! You guessed it…Africa. Now it doesn’t mean she’s full blooded Black African but, most African Americans aren’t.

neiltennant August 19, 2015 at 3:02 am

i love those stupid comments

you are not my bro but i will explain it to you. I know that american education system has its fails and mistakes but i will try however

The african americans were brought unfortunately as slaves from some african countries. Those african countries were countries were 100 percent of the people were really dark+ dark brown eyed and black haired. Those areas had been untouched areas to this point. No european admixture.

No blue or green eyes and no paler skin
But please don’t come me with 0,00000000000001% genetic anomaly for example albinos or 0,000000000000000000001% anomaly that a black from this area could have green eyes

but look at Tyra she has green eyes and even as a child before nose job some european features

There is no chance that she is only african american

midori29 September 17, 2015 at 10:21 am

@nieltenant what a sick twisted comment thats also racist. People black people in Africa can have different eye colors wow, what a crazy thing to say. Black Africans were the 1st human people on earth.

Ethereal October 11, 2015 at 6:54 pm

@midori….White wannabe clown. Sorry, subsaharan Africans are virtually made up of dark-skinned folks with exceptionally dark eyes. Unless if you want to count Ethiopians, who may have lighter skin…..

Yes, black Africans were the first humans — glad you know that part. When some of them moved out from Africa 200K years ago, they evolved fair skin and their eye color mutated. Which makes sense because Western Asia and Europe are cooler. Why would someone naturally have coloured eyes and fair skin in a hot place like Africa? Please, educate yourself.

You’re the self-hating person with a Hitler complex, who wants to whitewash pure Africans with Caucasoid features –green eyes, blue……. NOW THAT IS RACIST….Shame on you…..

midori29 February 23, 2016 at 8:22 am

@Etereal have you READ Tyra Banks DNA test? She is 79% black subsharan African. Are you black?, have you traveled to Africa? Stop being so racist, please. Subsaharan Africans can get as light as cafe au lait light light caramel and as dark as black licorice, then every shade in between. They can have red, black and brown hair and dirty blonde even. Subsaharan Africans can have blue, green, and grey eyes too. In this day and age of the internet there is NO excuse for racial ignorance. Also, wavy, curly, near straight hairI hate when non-black people try to state what black is, go somewhere else with your nonsense,. South Africans get light skinned too.

check the link : http://kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com/2013/02/blacks-with-blue-eyes-natural.html

fuzzybear44 February 23, 2016 at 9:22 pm


Here’s another little baby born with blue eyes from Uganda:
The story goes, that the mother took the child to the doctor, because she didn’t know why the baby was born with blue eyes. She thought the child was sick, but was told the baby was fine
They seem to be popping up more and more lately. However IMO they were always popping up , we just didn’t have the internet to see them

M July 2, 2015 at 1:01 pm

I thought she was biracial.

neiltennant July 14, 2015 at 12:57 pm

of course she is

Zatm81 July 15, 2015 at 2:08 pm

She’s not biracial. Unless she has a White parent and Black parent, she ain’t biracial. But y’all could keep dreaming though.

Sapphire101 September 6, 2015 at 3:31 pm

she can’t be fully black because she has hazel eyes so she must have some European in her trust me, the majority of black Americans aren’t fully black because there was a time called slavery and there were many rapes made in that time period. Plus pure black people don’t have hazel eyes they have dark brown eyes. you don’t need to have a white parent to be biracial that’s just dumb to think that.

midori29 September 17, 2015 at 10:22 am

@M you thought Wrong

thomas1987 December 12, 2014 at 10:28 am

She had a DNA test done
she’s mixed race
i think 15% British and 5%native American
and 80% black
I’m not sure if that is accurate
i can’t remember the numbers
but i remember she was tri racial

midori29 December 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm

@thomas1987 ALL BLACK PEOPLE ARE MIXED. She is still overwhelmingly African

midori29 December 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm

@thomas1987 if you consider that mixed race then ALL black people are not black, they are mixed then. Because millions of blacks in the Carribean and Americas have these same DNA percentages. White and Indian Dna from slavery.

arjanguelsk December 29, 2014 at 7:24 am

Then midori I think that you answer your self…. Yes midori it dosen’t care you’re afrocentric mind… America is a mixed continent…. With diversity, and that’s cool… And the many of people aren’t full black or full Caucasian…. They are mixed… I think that if you want to feel proud about you’re roots, feel proud of all you’re roots then not just one…. If you don’t you are hypocrite… You are full black or mixed or yellow or Caucasian. You can be dark skinned and mixed, but you are mixed after all…, and you have to feel proud of all you’re roots not just one.

arjanguelsk December 29, 2014 at 7:28 am

Cuz if you are dark skin and mixed and you claim just de black part you are denying all the mixed thing on you, then you are a self hater too. If you love you’re self you have to be proud of all.

midori29 December 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

@arjanguelsk , if you are in majority one race, then you are that race in my opinion. Why mention the 50 other things you were mixed with 200 years ago. I dont think its denying, its being socially sensible. Its not like Asians or whites will say she or he is one of us because he is 15 percent Japanese or 10 percent Irish.

arjanguelsk December 29, 2014 at 6:15 pm

i respect your opinion, but i can’t agree with you… I think that if you are multirracial or biracial you have to feel proud of all.. For me is more loyal and socially sensible, becouse you are loving all the thinks inside of you, what makes you who you are.

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 10:16 am

@arjanguelsk, racism against blacks is dominant in society, and those other races that a majority black person is mixed with, will surely NOT CARE abut your 10% Asian, they will label you BLACK. I do not say deny it, but MOST of the world is mixed. I do not consider Tyra Banks mixed race, she is an African American with two black parents.

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 10:20 am

15% white is NOT much at all

Zatm81 July 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm

I find it funny that an African American who is 80% Sub-Suaharan has to identify as mixed when the other White celebrities on this site with Native blood don’t have to lol.

midori29 September 17, 2015 at 10:27 am

Most African Americans and black Carribeans fall into the 80% black subsaharan pile due to slavery. We are blacks.
But pretty and rich black women cannot just be black they have to be mixed which shows you just how jealous and insecure the world is.

midori29 September 17, 2015 at 10:24 am

80% black and 20% other is not considered mixed to me. She is in majority black like every other black person, whom no one is 100% anything or African.

wolfcat87 December 12, 2014 at 8:03 am

And that one person with the original mutation lived in the Black Sea area. A european/ caucasian region. No person with blue eyes is 100% black unless they have it as a result of a disease. Even african albinos are part dutch because that mutation was brought to africa by a caucasian man with the mutation. I don’t know why anyone is in denial when the scientific facts are all there. lol.


wolfcat87 December 12, 2014 at 7:58 am

African Americans are part white. It’s that simple. There is only one blue eyed mutations in humans. It came from a single human. My mother is blacker than Tyra and still 15% white. My nana is slightly paler than me and 20% white, but has blacker features than Tyra. I’m 55% white. I’ve known people who were 50/50 and darker than Tyra. She’s definitely got mixed heritage. I’d love to see a test of her done by 23and Me. lol. Her features are far from the african american norm. She must have a decent amount of white in her. No one is saying she’s more or less pretty for being part white. She simply is.


midori29 December 12, 2014 at 5:33 pm

@wolfcat I dont know where you get your data in blacks not being able to have blue and greene eyes But is FALSE. Just because non black scientists have researched and said no that does not mean its accurate. All people even whites originated in Africa .

midori29 December 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm

@wolfcat The percentage and degrees of admixture in someone has very little to do with their skin tone. Whether light or dark skin tone has been proven to be the least accurate determination of admixture percentages. Obviously you have said you are 50 /50 mixed and you are taking a non black perspective on admixture as if youre clueless. Maybe you did not grow up around many black people.

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 10:17 am

@wolfcat87, African Americans are very very little white, the average 15% which is NOT high at all.

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 10:19 am

@wolfcat87, the percentage of WHITE in African Americans only averages 15% THAT IS VERY VERY LITTLE.

midori29 September 17, 2015 at 10:31 am

@Wolfcat87 you are confused as to how diverse African black features are. Google north west subsaharan African there is a massive variation of black features. Often many biracials have no clue as thier black parent neglects to teach them about Africa. Or they dont want to face that even though they are biracial that they still look black.

Multiethnicchick October 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Biracial people never look black. Americans just have no idea what a full black person looks like and the biracials pretending to be monoracial black have confused people.

fuzzybear44 October 14, 2017 at 11:45 pm

Quote(Biracial people never look black. )

Actually many do

Quote( Americans just have no idea what a full black person looks like )

No I just think you have your own idea about what a black person should or could look like, and you refuse to accept other peoples opinion

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