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29th Mar, 2004
While Naomi Campbell is notorious for her diva antics and catty remarks towards Tyra Banks, sources tell Globe magazine Tyra never got down and dirty with Campbell. "Naomi criticized Tyra constantly," a source in the modeling industry revealed. "She was always going on about how Tyra had modeled herself on her. Tyra heard those stories and was naturally upset. But to Tyra's credit, she never lashed out publicly at Naomi."
29th Mar, 2004
Tyra Banks was on hand for the 'America's Next Top Model Season 2' finale party on Wednesday (March 24) at Key Club in Hollywood, California. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, CelebrityPhoto, GlobePhotos, GettyImages, LFI, WireImage, and Yahoo.
29th Mar, 2004
Us Weekly reports Tyra Banks was spotted getting a $100 pedicure at the Paint Shop in Beverly Hills.
29th Mar, 2004
The New York Daily News reports William Hung, who was in Los Angeles to shoot a music video for Fuse, met Tyra Banks on Monday at a taping of 'On Air With Ryan Seacrest'. "We use the same vocal coach," Banks told him.
22nd Mar, 2004
Tyra Banks will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live and On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Monday.
20th Mar, 2004 - Tyra on 'American Dreams'
Tyra banks will be on the NBC show "American Dreams" on Sunday, March 21st. She will be portraying a "Velvelette," and she will be singing the song "He Was Really Sayin' Something." Although she lip syncs the song while performing, she really recorded the song... and did a great job!

American Dreams airs on Sunday nights at 8 pm on NBC.

You can learn more about her guest appearance here.
You can also see pictures of Tyra on American Dreams here.

Thanks to Leigh for this information.
14th Mar, 2004 - Newsweek Article
Tyra Banks has obviously forgotten she's a supermodel. For one thing, she agrees to have lunch at a Hollywood joint called Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, where she arrives wearing blue jeans, a red sweat shirt and just a hint of blush. No wonder the waitress, after taking Banks's gut-busting order of fried wings and cheese grits, says to her, "Girl, has anyone told you that you look like Tyra Banks?" After a few minutes, the waitress returns. This time, she realizes who she's talking to, and she's got some advice. "Your forehead ain't as big as they make it look in those Victoria Secret magazines," she says. "They don't do you justice, and you ought to tell them that." At this point, any self-respecting diva would slap the woman. Banks just plays along. "What should I do, girl? Should I tell them they need to make me look better?"

The fact is, Banks has never looked so good. At an age-30!-when most models give up and marry a rock star, Banks is turning herself into a multimedia empire. Her show, "America's Next Top Model," has single-handedly resuscitated UPN-faint praise, perhaps, but the program is running neck and neck with the competition on NBC and ABC. As if TV and modeling weren't enough, Banks just launched a singing career. The video for her single, "Shake Ya Body," got 155,000 hits on the UPN Web site since it debuted on "Top Model," though it's possible that many fans didn't bother listening to the music. "I want to be successful across the board," Banks says. "I want an empire like Oprah's. I may do it with a little more cleavage, but I plan to get there."

Read full article here.
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14th Mar, 2004 - Debut Album Next Year
Supermodel Tyra Banks, who recently made her solo singing debut on her hit reality series America's Next Top Model, has a CD in the works. Banks told Jet magazine "I would love an album in fall or sometime early next year. It's something I've been working on for a while. I have five songs that I really love."

According to Rodney Jerkins, who produced "Shake Ya Body," the song Banks sang on America's Next Top Model, says she has what it takes to make it in the music business. He told Jet, "She had a hungriness to be in the studio all the time. Some people want to be divas in the studio and work for three hours. You had to tell Tyra to stop or she will keep you going."

Banks previously provided vocals for L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant's first foray into recording. The supermodel guested on the baller's 2000 hip-hop single "K-O-B-E."
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14th Mar, 2004 - 'Now I'm Ready'
Supermodel Tyra Banks probably doesn't need a new gig, especially one as risky and unforgiving as pop star, but she's never been one for resting on her lovely laurels.

Last week she debuted the video for her first single at the end of her UPN reality TV show, "America's Next Top Model." "Shake Ya Body" a dance track produced by Grammy winner Rodney Jerkins features a hard-breathing, booty-shaking Tyra, the show's six remaining contestants and a bevy of boys gyrating in stylized club scenes.

Though fans might be surprised by Banks' new venture, she said it's been in the works for a while.

"Singing has been a passion of mine for a long time," Banks said. "For six years, I'd be ducking in and out of the studio on the down low, cuttin' tracks, doing it all. But I feel like if you're not ready to show the world what you're doing, don't say nothin', so I haven't said anything. But now I'm ready."

Banks has neither announced a record deal nor plans to complete an album. Her single is available for download at upn.com.
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14th Mar, 2004
Tyra Banks' 'America's Next Top Model' has been a sexy smash hit for UPN, but is it fact or fiction that that the show threw a sex party? Fact says 'Extra', sort of: they learned that next week's show is being promoted as 'The Orgy' episode. On it, Tyra's models get a bit too friendly with some guys in Milan, and it gets too hot for TV. UPN actually ordered cuts to make the show tamer.
14th Mar, 2004
Andre 3000 of Outkast, B.B. King, Babyface, Destiny's Child star Beyonce Knowles, Bow Wow, India.Arie, Kimora Lee Simmons, Mos Def, Quincy Jones, Randy Jackson, Ray Charles, Ruben Studdard of 'American Idol', Stevie Wonder, Temptations, The Roots, and Tyra Banks were on hand for the The 35th NAACP Image Awards in Universal City, California on Saturday (March 6). Check out pictures here.
11th Mar, 2004
Dan from 'The Real World' posted a message on his blog on Wednesday saying, "Dear Tyra: Last night's episode of Top Model was some serious bullsh**. Don't you ever again tease me with clips of crying models having meltdowns in Italy, and instead show me a 'recap' episode with virtually nothing new." Read more.
11th Mar, 2004
Tyra Banks performed as Velvelette of The Velvelettes during a taping of 'American Dreams', which will air later this month. Check out pictures from WireImage.
8th Mar, 2004
Tyra Banks' video for her single, 'Shake Ya Body,' got 155,000 hits on the UPN Web site since it debuted on 'America's Next Top Model,' though it's possible that many fans didn't bother listening to the music. "I want to be successful across the board," Banks tells Newsweek. "I want an empire like Oprah's. I may do it with a little more cleavage, but I plan to get there." Read more.
8th Mar, 2004
Ramiro interviewed Tyra Banks on Jam'n 94.5 in Boston on February 24th. They talked about her musical work with Rodney Jerkins and her debut video 'Shake Ya Body'. Tyra says a lot of people say her vocal style is like Sade's and said the focus of her career is going to be music going forward. Listen to the interview here.
5th Mar, 2004
Us Weekly asked Tyra Banks if she plans on getting Botox treatment. "My mother is 65 years old, she doesn't do Botox and she's got less wrinkles than me. So hopefully I will follow in her footsteps. Botox is not something I will do anytime soon or ever, hopefully."

News stories taken from a variety of sources including Abstracts.net and Tyra Fans.com.

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