Tyra Banks has always had a resume that most people would envy. She is one of the world’s most famous supermodels and in addition, she is a bit of an entrepreneur. Her television achievements include hosting her own hugely successful talk show, The Tyra Banks Show, creating the hit America’s Next Top Model, and co-creating True Beauty; this is in addition to countless film appearances she has made. Banks has already released her first novel, Modelland, which earned her the title of being a New York Times best-selling author. Another book in the works now. Tyra even dabbled in music briefly. So, what does one get the girl who has everything? A Harvard diploma of course!
To add to her long list of achievements, Tyra Banks is now a Harvard graduate. This 32 year old, widely successful woman earned her certificate of completion from the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School. On Friday, February 17th, she posted pictures on her twitter account of her standing in front of the school, diploma in handing, smiling about her achievement. According to the Huffington Post, she completed this course in only two weeks, but it came with a tuition price tag of over $30,000.
Harvard Business School is rated the number one business school in the whole world. Before this former supermodel got her start, she was on the path to becoming a college graduate without the help of her fame. She put her acceptance to USC and UCLA on hold when she was 17 in order to pursue her modeling career; looks as though she made the right choice. She has frequently talked about what a difficult decision it was and how it was somewhat of a gamble. Although this worked out for her, many are not so lucky. Thousands of young people choose to chase a career in entertainment but remarkably few actually make it. Most people who drop off the college path do not go on to earn Harvard diplomas in their early 30s.
Other Ivy League Celebs
Along with Tyra Banks, nine other very popular female celebrities have graduated from Ivy League schools in recent years. Oscar winner Natalie Portman graduated from Harvard in 2003 with a degree in psychology; an achievement nodded in the wildly successful film, The Social Network. Rashida Jones was originally set to be a lawyer but is now an actress and 1997 Harvard alumni. Ashley Judd became a Harvard grad in 2010, Meryl Streep got an honorary degree from the same university in addition to her one from Yale; which is also where Jodie Foster studied at. Others Ivy League actresses include Brooke Shields, Elizabeth Banks, Julia Stiles, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Schools like the ones they have diplomas from are extremely competitive to get in to, but it seems as though being extremely famous could give someone a definite edge.