She formed her own production company, Bankable Productions, and produced projects for television and film, including America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show. Banks founded TZONE, a foundation aimed at developing teenage girls’ independence and self-esteem in the late 90s and penned Tyra’s Beauty Inside & Out, a book with the same goal.Most recently, she released Modelland, a fictional story about a young woman and her three friends who discover beauty in their individuality and uniqueness.They operate within a range of industries and disciplines, including science and technology; advertising, marketing, and public relations; finance; energy; food and beverages; and entertainment.Some run large or significant divisions of their companies and report to a chief executive or division head, others have launched and managed successful independent entities.Having attained this much power and success early in their respective careers, there’s no telling what groundbreaking achievements the women who made this year’s list will accomplish in coming years.Judging from the drive that put them in their current positions, it appears as if nothing will stop them from reaching the pinnacle of global industry. It’s what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
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After retiring from professional modeling in 2005, she put her energy into several original business endeavors.
Banks and fellow modelpreneur Iman appeared in the September 2006 issue of Black Enterprise.
These women are innovators and influencers, trailblazers and pioneers who reshaped and refreshed disciplines with cutting-edge processes, or transformed ideas into tangible, lucrative products or services.
We chose not to include managers or employees of law firms, unions, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies, or those employed in fashion or the arts, medicine, and education.
The female entrepreneurs and corporate executives identified in our latest “editors’ choice” roster—40 Rising Stars 40 and Under—have made moves that have placed them on the path to power and success in business, all before their 41st birthdays.
In consulting the nation’s largest public and private corporations, major trade associations, established entrepreneurs, and senior executives over the past several months, our editorial research team discovered this cadre of remarkable women.
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