She’s ‘fierce’: This ‘America’s Next Top Model’ superstar is coming to Fresno

Legendary runway superstar and creator of “America’s Next Top Model” Tyra Banks is coming to Fresno for the 2019 Central California Women’s Conference.

The Women’s Conference announced on Tuesday that Banks has been booked as the keynote speaker for the event, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17, according to a news release.

Banks is known for her career as a model, author and television producer. She promotes a message of empowering women and “perfect is boring and human is beautiful.”

The theme of this year’s conference is “Breaking Boundaries,” a fitting topic for Banks to discuss.

Banks was ranked by Time Magazine as one of the world’s most influential people, was one of the original Victoria’s Secret Angels, the first woman to appear on the cover of GQ Magazine and the first African-American woman to be on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

Model and Founder of Modelland, Tyra Banks, speaks during the TIME 100 Summit, in New York, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Richard Drew AP

Banks created and produced the hit show America’s Next Top Model and hosted a talk show, The Tyra Banks Show, for which she won two Emmys. She also formerly hosted America’s Got Talent.

Most recently, Banks took on the position of visiting professor focusing on personal branding for the 2017 and 2018 spring semesters at Stanford Business School.

“She is a role model for us all,” CCWC board president, Nene Casares, said about Banks. “I’ve heard her speak before and I can’t wait for our attendees to hear her hilarious, moving and poignant message. Tyra Banks is so much more than just her iconic beauty!”

Conference attendees also will hear from Jen Bricker, a professional gymnast who toured as an aerialist with Britney Spears and is a State Champion power tumbler, despite the fact she was born without legs.

At birth she was left at the hospital by her biological parents and later was adopted. Her New York Times best-selling book, called “Everything is Possible” tells her life story.

This year’s event is expected sell out early. Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 3, and are $125 each. Ticket price will increase to $140 on Aug. 16.

Admission includes continental breakfast, seminars, the celebrity keynote speaker luncheon and the afternoon reception. Tickets are limited to the first 3,500 attendees.

Early registration is encouraged.

Visit www.CCWC-Fresno.org for tickets and additional information.

Brianna Calix covers politics and investigations for The Bee, where she works to hold public officials accountable and shine a light on issues that deeply affect residents’ lives. She previously worked for The Bee’s sister paper, the Merced Sun-Star, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Fresno State.