In high school, Tyra Banks landed a contract with Elite Model Management and appeared in Seventeen magazine within the year. After graduating, she planned on going to college, but bowed out in favor of being sent to Paris. She took the catwalks by storm, booking 25 shows her first season. As her career flourished, she allowed herself to gain weight and was proud of her curvier frame. Since then, she’s launch her own multimedia brand and been outspoken on many controversial issues, from race to body image.