Tyra Banks is the smizing, weave-wearing, ego-tripping supermodel turned TV host.

Ty-ra grew up in Inglewood, California and by her senior year of high school, she'd already landed her first modeling contract with Elite. Soon after, she moved to Paris where she shared apartments with Rebecca Romijn and Kimora Lee and stomped her way into becoming a household name in the mid-'90s thanks to her appearances on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, in the Victoria's Secret catalog, and gracing campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Pepsi, Nike, and Cover Girl. However, her transition to popular TV fixture took shape in 2003 when she unveiled the model-search reality show America's Next Top Model, which quickly became the network's highest rated series and is now syndicated in over 100 countries. But Tyra's shrieking voice, fluctuating weight, and multiple personalities make the US-of A's ANTM a continual sight to behold. With a brief stab at her own talk show from 2005-2010, Tyra also has the honor of being a New York Times bestselling author with her tween book Modelland hitting shelves in 2011.

Banks has been involved with a string of high-profile men over the years, although none seem to have been the great love of her life. She dated John Singleton and Seal back in the '90s, basketball star Chris Webber, and cross-dressing actor Tyler Perry. [Image via Getty]