Former Victoria’s Secret model Tyra Banks has returned to school. For three years, the television star is enrolled in an exclusive Harvard business program that requires intensive three-week sessions that cost $31,000.
Banks admits that choosing Harvard was a strategic decision.
“Most definitely there’s something to do with it being Harvard. Harvard Business School – the number one business school in the entire world. In order for my company to grow and be the best, and to reach these women, and to serve them, I needed the best. So I went to the best,” she said.
Since modeling at the age of 17, Banks has transformed herself into a successful mogul who runs a multi-million dollar empire.
She pursued modeling instead of college after being discovered in Paris. Choosing the runway over an education “was one of the most difficult decisions of my entire life,” she said.
College was put on permanent pause as she exploded onto the modeling scene. She became the first African American on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Although she was a Victoria’s Secret icon and coveted by all the major fashion designers, she left modeling in 2005.
After taking the risk to put her well-paying and stable modeling career behind her, Banks landed her own reality TV show, America’s Next Top Model. Then she started hosted her own Emmy-award-winning show The Tyra Show. In 2009, Forbes recognized Banks as the highest paid woman in prime time television – earning annually $30 million, CBS reports.
She’s currently launching a Web site called Type F, which offers advice on beauty and fashion.
When the media got hold of Banks’ enrollment with Harvard’s elite Owner/President Management Program, she felt underestimated and ready to prove critics wrong.
“I feel like I kind of live with the wind at my face… It’s like, well, oh my god, why is a model going to Harvard? But that’s actually a good thing, because when people have low expectations, you’re just constantly going, “Ta-da!’ And they’re like, ‘Wow.’ It doesn’t take a lot to wow them when they have low expectations,” she said.