Tyra Update: America's Next Top Business Mogul?


A month ago, we reported that Tyra Banks had enrolled in the Executive Education Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School. The supermodel dropped $31,000 for the first three-week session of the course, a program designed for CEOs and company presidents which consists of three sessions spread out over three years.

Banks' recent stint at Harvard has passed quietly. Twitter hints indicated her presence on campus, but few students reported Tyra sightings—much as we would have loved a Shaq-inspired statue display. Indeed, it's hard to believe that the superstar was roaming among us.

Through some Googling and some strategic late-night television watching, here's what we've been able to dig up so far about Banks' time along the Charles.

Banks, who is set to graduate from the program in 2012, seems to have had a blast at HBS. She told Jimmy Fallon that "every time a term ends, I get withdrawal and I get attitude for, like, a month because I miss my friends, I miss my professors, I miss living in these dorms. It's like a bubble."

Yes, that's right, she was living in a dorm! On Fallon's show, Banks revealed that on-campus living was mandatory for program participants. Though she admitted that she at first "freaked, freaked, freaked out" about having to live in a dorm, she has "grown to love" her single room and shared living space. With her room decked out in Target decor, Banks "wouldn't have it any other way" and described the experience as "like summer camp."

In fact, her regimen sounds more like boot camp. Banks told USA Today that the program is "very, very intense." The diva said she woke up at 4:45 a.m. every morning to "work out and eat breakfast beforehand and get ready and be a female" in order to make it to a 7:30 a.m. study group meeting.

You might wonder why Banks is putting herself through all this. The answer seems to be her newest project, TypeF.com, a personalized fashion and beauty website. In an interview with CBS News, Banks said, "In order for my company to grow and be the best ... I needed the best. So I went to the best."

In her talk with CBS, she elaborated on her need for a Harvard education. "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."

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