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America’s Next Top Model Judge Tyra Banks Attending Harvard Business School

March 10, 2011 07:30 AM by Allyson Wells

America’s Next Top Model judge and producer Tyra Banks is taking on yet another role to add to her resume.  She is attending the Harvard Business School to learn as much as she can in order to keep her own corporation and business ventures successful. 

Tyra spoke with CBS News about her decision to attend college and how people are reacting to the news.  “I get mixed reactions.  There are little facial expressions.  The chin goes back, like, ‘Really?’  I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m going.’ How do I react to that?  I kind of take a pause and kind of analyze what this is.  And a lot of it is just shock.”

Tyra specifically chose Harvard because she considers it the best.  “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.”

Tyra is attending the school to manage the many business ventures she oversees.  In addition to America’s Next Top Model, she is launching her own beauty and fashion site, TypeF.  “I think I could’ve leaned on all my advisers.  I have accountants, and lawyers, and this and investment bankers. But I don’t want to be that girl when I’m meeting with them, where I’m like, ‘Uh-huh, great.’ I now can say what’s the net present value on that. What’s the discounted cash flows of that, and that’s because of Harvard.”

Now that the busiest working woman in show business has gone back to school, perhaps the busiest working man in show business, Ryan Seacrest of American Idol, can take classes with Tyra.

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