Tyra Banks

Banks in 2011, kathclick/bigstock.com

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, television personality, producer, businessperson, actress, author, and singer. 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


Curious about ethnicity

330 Responses

  1. neiltennant says:


    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 says:

      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 says:

        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

      • Ava900 says:

        @Zatm81 Just because you are 80% African and 20% European doesn’t mean you are African American. So no, having 100 African ancestors and 1 European ancestor doesn’t mean you are more African and you come from more African people if they identify with their European roots.

    • midori29 says:

      @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 says:

        @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 says:

          @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 says:


            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

          • Ava900 says:

            @midori29 Just because her DNA test said 79% African, doesn’t mean she is mostly African and African over European. It depends on what she identifies as which determines your primary ancestry

    • ashash says:

      Why is that hard to believe? African-American is an ethnicity and Tyra’s DNA test matches with or is similar to most African-Americans in the U.S. African-Americans are mostly African with some European in the mix.

      European-Americans too can have some African in the mix if their family has been in the U.S. long enough. Ben Affleck tested for some African and Johnny Depp has an African ancestor as well.

      Most people simply aren’t purely one thing.

  2. M says:

    I thought she was biracial.

  3. thomas1987 says:

    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 says:

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

      • midori29 says:

        @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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

            @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 says:

            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 says:

        @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 says:

      15% white is NOT much at all

    • Zatm81 says:

      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 says:

        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.

      • Ava900 says:

        @zatm81, if someone who is 80% African and 20% European identifies as mixed then they are not African-American so why call them that?

    • midori29 says:

      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.

      • Ava900 says:

        @midori29 If she is 80% African and 20% European and she identifies with her European ancestry then the 20% European is what she is genetically over the 80%African. So she wouldn’t be African-American, she would be European-American.

  4. wolfcat87 says:

    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.


  5. wolfcat87 says:

    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 says:

      @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 says:

      @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 says:

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

    • midori29 says:

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

    • midori29 says:

      @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 says:

        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 says:

          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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