See Tyra Banks' Beauty Evolution: From Pigtails to Face Cage

See Tyra Banks' Beauty Evolution: From Pigtails to Face Cage

It's amazing what a swipe of color—and a bit of fishnet—can do. 

By Tamara Palmer
Tyra Banks: Supermodel Secrets

As you've heard, Tyra Banks is returning as host of America's Next Top Model. And, she's the new host of America's Got Talent. Essentially, this means That Tyra will be beaming free fashion and beauty lessons into our homes on the weekly; and obviously, we cannot wait. But first, let's review how this queen of the runway—and the airwaves—has experimented with her beauty looks over the years.

Tyra's sleek ponytail, worn on The Tonight Show in 1995, adds elegance to her spaghetti-strap dress. The style also draws attention to her face—the money-maker—with minimal fuss. And, her bright red lip adds a lovely pop to the simple ensemble.

Whether you're a fan or not, chokers are back. So why not embrace the trend by doubling down? Tyra's 2000 ESPY Awards look was ahead of its time. (And, by the way: bra tops are also back.) The ANTM star wore her hair in two, cute pigtails that embraced the event's peppy spirit; she kept her lips nude and glossy.

Get ready for an even more dramatic throwback. Tyra channeled a classic screen siren at the 2005 Daytime Emmy Awards. Her gorgeous finger waves matched her dress's sultry, old-school appeal.

Tyra wore a sizzling Roberto Cavallidress at a Vogue party during Paris Fashion Week in 2010. But, all anyone could talk about was this avant garde face cage. Turns out she made it herself and Tweeted her secret: "mask is cheap FISHNET stockings I got n crazy store n Paris! I cut 'em up n made it y'all." With such a statement accessory, all Tyra needed in the way of makeup was highlighter for that dewy skin, and black eyeliner to make her peepers pop.

The 2012 Moth Ball, which celebrated storytellers, was the perfect time for Tyra to experiment with a bold beauty statement. Can you see how she's smiling with her eyes—aka smizing—even through the smudge? Her side braid was the perfect coif to show off those shoulder-grazing earrings.

Tyra's twist on the pantsuit the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards shines with sharp angles and bold cutouts. Her shattered pixie cut matches the fresh, geometrical look.

Wearing a short but dramatic black cape at the 2016 edition of Cosmopolitan's "Fun Fearless Money" event, Tyra wore her hair long and loose. Her makeup was relatively subdued, in order to let her perfectly arched brows do all the talking.

Tyra ruled the red carpet in this all-lace ensemble at the 2017 America's Got Talent premiere. And though the look itself makes quite the statement, Tyra didn't tone down her makeup. That purple lip, those soft waves—we'd say her glam team's got talent!

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