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. She was the host of The Tyra Banks Show from 2005 to 2010, created, and presented, the show America’s Next Top Model, and appeared in the films Coyote Ugly and Halloween: Resurrection, among other works. She is also known as BanX.

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 grandfather possibly was Ernest London (the son of Edward London and Ophelia Christopher). Ernest was born in Louisiana. Edward was the son of Charles London and Maria. Ophelia was the daughter of Antoine/Antony Christopher and Susan West Duncan/Champ.

Tyra’s maternal grandmother was Florine B. Coleman (the daughter of Fletcher Coleman and Lucinda/Loucindy Wisner/Hampton). Florine was born in Texas. Fletcher was born in Texas, the son of Ezekle “Zeke”/Ezekiel Coleman and Julia Beasley.

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


Curious about ethnicity

341 Responses

  1. Multiethnicchick says:

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

  2. bablah says:

    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:

  3. fuzzybear44 says:


    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

  4. phaedra says:

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

    • SLH says:

      She doesn’t have a “white side”, both her parents are black. (And how would being part white give someone brown skin, which is a black trait? My God).

      • Multiethnicchick says:

        Did you not see her DNA test? Talk about being in denial

        • thejflo says:

          14% European is mixed now? Loni Love has more white blood than Tyra Banks but I bet you would never call
          her “mixed”. You do not need to be mixed to have Tyra Bank’s complexion.

          • NOTREALLY says:

            lol the denial, “14% european is mixed now?”
            yes it is, nobo is saying she’s white, just like I wouldn’t claim someone with 2% sub saharan is black
            but she’s mixed, it’s a fact, it’s in her dna

        • LenaBena says:

          I swear you’re the only one in denial is black folks no exactly who we are. Can y’all get through your heads that African Americans generally have abt 30% European and that alone does not make us mixed!!! I’m 19% and darker than her. It’s funny only when someone is famous their considered “ mixed” but if she was just walking down the street you guys will be hurling out N words

    • LenaBena says:

      Her white side ? Lol she’s 14% white and according to my DNA results I’m 19% and don’t have either! Can y’all get through your heads that African Americans generally have abt 30% European and that alone does not make us mixed!!! It’s funny only when someone is famous their considered “ mixed” but if she was just walking down the street you guys will be hurling out N words

  5. crunty says:

    Some europeans have definitely pished in her genetic bucket.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

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

    • fuzzybear44 says:


      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).

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