Tyra Banks to be model professor at Stanford University
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Tyra Banks to be model professor at Stanford University

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks has been hired to teach a course to business students at Stanford University.

The supermodel received a non-degree certificate at Harvard Business School in 2012, and next May, she will be back in the classroom at Harvard’s rival school Stanford to share her knowledge to around 25 Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate students.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Banks will co-teach a course called Project You: Building and Extending your Personal Brand. In the class, she is said to be teaching pupils on how to use all forms of old and new media to showcase their business acumen as well as how to handle press exposure as a business leader.

Banks insists she won’t be too tough on her students, but admits to the publication, “If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them.”

The former America’s Next Top Model host will share the course with co-instructor Allison Kluger, who is a management professor at Stanford. Kluger also has roots in entertainment, after serving as a producer on U.S. morning programs The View and Good Morning America.

Kluger personally recruited Banks to teach the course with her, after seeing the star speak at a Stanford event about her various businesses.

“I was mesmerized,” Kluger says. “She’s a natural.”

Kluger didn’t specify which event she had seen Banks speak at, but the model addressed Stanford students as part of a Stanford Women in Business discussion in May, discussing topics including gender and racial equality in the business world.

Banks, 42, shot to fame as a model before coming up with the idea for America’s Next Top Model – a television format that has been copied in countless countries around the world. She has written novels, appeared in movies and has most recently found success with her beauty company, named Tyra Beauty.



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