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Tyra Banks Quotes

Tyra Lynne Banks

Tyra Banks quotes: the model turned businesswoman’s top quotes.

“Don’t chase the money… chase the passion.  Because that’s what is going to keep you happy and motivated and jumping out of that bed Monday morning.”

Don’t make excuses – make improvements!”

“Once you plant seeds of success, your tree will bear fierce fruit.”

“In terms of success and drive, I think some people are born with it, sometimes certain circumstances push you towards success… trying to prove people wrong.  I’m not exactly sure where mine comes from, but, I have this thing inside of me that, when someone tells me that I can’t do something, I become obsessed with proving them wrong.  It’s a weird thing.”

“You can have all the potential in the world, but unless you have confidence, you have nothing.”

“Take responsibility for yourself because no one’s going to take responsibility for you.”

“To say it, to dream it, so it can be true – you can’t do that with everybody, because they will think you’re totally narcissistic and insane.  But you need those people in your life that you can be unfiltered and dream big with.”

“A good leader is being the dumbest in the room.”

“Know a little bit about what everyone is doing but make sure you give them the permission to do what they have to do.  Hiring people that are super capable of doing their jobs.  You can still lead them, but having the expert that can execute for you.”

“Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self.  It’s about accepting all of yourself.”

“The fire to inspire women and help them to blaze new paths fiercely burns inside of me.”

“Girls of all kinds can be beautiful – from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between.  It’s not easy though because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box.  Think outside of the box.  Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.”

“Love every part of yourself.  Even the things that frustrate you.  They make you who you are!”

“Perfect is boring, human is beautiful.”

“Never dull your shine for somebody else.”

“I just want you to be yourself.  Be a bigger yourself.”

“I know I’m an overachiever, and I’m not apologetic about it.”

“I wanted to be more of a businesswoman.  I wanted to take this name I had made for myself and take it to the next level.”

“I’m not afraid of wanting money at all.  Money will give me more power to do things that are truer to my spirit than what I’m already doing.”

“I am a businesswoman who goes to work every single day.”

“I’m trying to build a strong business.  I want to create new stars, new shows and new products for my audience and create a legacy that outlives me.  There are so many other ways I want to reach women besides doing a talk show.”

“My mom never taught me to be waiting for some prince on a white horse to swipe me off my feet.”

“Even before my career, I was a saver.  I would hold onto it forever and dole it out slowly.  My mom explained to me the importance of real estate and that typically in Los Angeles it’s going to appreciate.  While a lot of models were partying it up and going shopping and buying a closet of designer clothes or staying at the top hotels during fashion week, I was at the Doubletree or Embassy Suites, saving my money, and bought a house at 20 years old.  She explained to me investing is super important.”

“I was always conservative.  I was always more interested in experiences over things.  Things didn’t make me happy.  I saved, saved, saved.  But I saved to a fault.  About 15 years ago, my accountants pulled me aside, and they were like, ‘Tyra, you’re not spending money.  Nothing.  You’re just giving it away to the government.  You need to spend some damn money!’  So we created something called the ‘F Account.’  Which was the ‘frivolous account.’  And I had a budget to spend frivolously for the year, every year.  I needed that to feel safe.”

“Modeling chose me, I didn’t choose modeling.”

“Models now need to promote themselves, think like businesswomen and diversify their careers by doing other things.  Chances are very slim that a mere model will become a household name today.”

“You can’t model for the rest of your life, so it is important to diversify your career.”

“I’m not just retiring from the runway, I’m retiring from all modeling.  When I was 18, my mom said I have to have a plan.  I decided I’d leave on top.  I want to be like the athletes who seem stuck in time.  When you see them at 50, you say they probably can still run like a champ.”

“I love being able to go to a store… and not have to look at the price tag.”

“I’m a big fan of Lady Gaga.  I think she’s kinda what modeling is about in a way: uniqueness, differentness, edginess, quirkiness… is actually special… and I think her message is – I wouldn’t say it’s exactly like my message – but there are similarities in embracing your uniqueness.  When she talks about being born this way, I really think she’s absolutely fabulous.”

“I have so many goals.”

“I wanted to be a film and television writer and producer.”

“I think a lot of business students chase money and then they burn out.  They have early retirements, not because they want to retire and chill… but because they hate their job and they are miserable.  I don’t chase money.”

“I’m not led by money, because if that’s the case, I can throw my name on everything and have a million-dollar company.”

“Most of my career is spent in a meeting… dressed sharply, looking really great; negotiating over a table, strategizing or coming up with new marketing plans or new ideas.  And that makes me really, really happy.”

“I kind of like the wind in my face.  If it wasn’t there, I don’t know if I would push as hard.”

“I’m competitive with myself.  I always try to push past my own borders.”

“There’s always going to be dreams and goals I have.”

“I’m a perfectionist.  Sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s okay if there are flaws here and there.”

“You don’t have to have an extroverted personality to be a personal brand.  Mark Zuckerberg is not tearing it up and doing splits in the club, you know what I mean?  He has a more introverted personality, but he has a very strong personal brand.”

“Love me or hate me – I promise that it will never make or break me.”

“There are more legacy businesses that I’m creating that will sustain past me being on this earth.  That’s very important to me: creating things that live beyond me.”

“I really want to leave something behind that means something when I’m no longer here.”

“I’ve made millions of dollars with the body I have, so where’s the pain in that?”

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