PHOTOS: Happy Birthday, Tyra Banks!

10:38 AM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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(WUSA) -- Supermodel and actress Tyra Banks turns 39 years old today.

Banks was born in Los Angeles, California.

Her efforts to become a model were difficult at first, but in 1990, she landed a contract with Elite Model Management. She would later become the first black woman to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

Take a look at Tyra through the years in these photos, courtesy of Getty Images.

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