​Tyra Banks Turns 40 Today

Tyra Banks 40
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December 4, 2013

Tyra Banks is turning 40 years old today, Dec. 4, and she’s been one of the most influential women in fashion. Banks, a supermodel and “America’s Next Top Model” creator, looks 20 years younger than her age.

Tyra Banks 40

Also happy birthday to the singer Jay Z (44), winner of 16 Grammy Award and a man who has sold over 50 million albums; to Jeff Bridges (64), actor who appeared in films like The Fabolous Baker Boys, The Big Lebowski and True Grit; to the Oscar winner Marisa Tomei (49), have a nice day, Marisa; to Orlando Brown (26), who played the role of Raven’s friend in That’s So Raven; to Ryan Dungey (24), Supercross star; and to Joe Thomas (29), NFL player.

Banks revealed last year that she has been afraid of dolphins for 20 years. She decided to try it at Seaworld, where she recorded an episode for her daytime talk show. She nearly broke down in tears in front of her studio audience.

Revealing to her audience that she has been afraid of dolphins for 20 years, Tyra Banks tries to swim with dolphins at Seaworld for her daytime talk show. Breaking down in tears at Seaworld and later in front of her studio audience, Banks was not joking. But comedians like Joel McHale and Howard Stern had a field day making fun of the talk-show host.

Unlike Oprah Winfrey, who used to give away cars and vacations on her talk show, Banks gave her audience her favorite beauty product. It was a jar of Vaseline. “YOU GET VASELINE AND YOU GET VASELINE,” she told the audience as she handed out free jars in the aisles.