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Report: Tyra Banks and John Utendahl Split

Published by Natasha Fierce on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm.

(Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Tyra Banks has joined the Lonely Hearts Club again. Page Six reports that the ANTM host has split from her boyfriend of three years, New York businessman John Utendahl. She’s evidently dealing with it by island-hopping in Bali, Eat Pray Love-style, with a female pal.

Mr. Wannabe-Moneybags, on the other hand, has apparently rebounded with a “leggy Russian model” whom he was spotted with at a nightclub in New York. Typical.

Why, oh why can’t Ty seem to hold a man down? Here’s a guess: maybe the twice-Emmy nominated, Harvard Business School-going novelist and media mogul (and let’s not forget those killer looks) is a little bit intimidating to the average man. Maybe it’s time for the First Lady of Fierce to forget about the sub-par Joe’s she’s been slumming with (side note: also, avoid taking any dating advice from your pal J. Lo right about now) and get herself a real catch.

Ty, if you need a matchmaker (and I think you do)…holler.

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Beauty and Brains: Tyra Banks Is a Harvard Business School Student

Published by Dior Noir on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm.

Tyra “Bankable” Banks already has a budding multimillion dollar media empire, but the model turned mogul has been attending Harvard Business School since last year to take her skills to stay in the running for America’s Next Top Businesswoman.

“Harvard Business School [is] the number one business school in the entire world,” Banks said in a recent CBS interview. “In order for my company to grow and be the best, and to reach these women, and to serve them, I needed the best. So I went to the best,” Banks said in a recent CBS interview.

The model student is enrolled in the Harvard Executive Education Owner/President Management Program, which comes with a $31, 000 a year price tag and requires a commitment of three weeks a year on campus for three years.

At the age of 17, Banks decided not to pursue a degree program and traded in the books for the runways just months before she was due to start at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. “The day that I put college on hold because I got discovered to go to Paris and try this whole modeling thing … was one of the most difficult decisions of my entire life,” she said.

She’s done well for herself regardless: in 2009 Forbes listed the multi-talented entertainer as the highest paid woman in primetime with an annual income of $30 million. Still, the new education tab on her resume can only strengthen the way she runs her various business ventures which will expand next week to include a beauty and fashion advice website called

“I think I could’ve leaned on all of my advisers. I have accountants, and lawyers, and this and investment bankers,” she says. “But 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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Leave John Legend’s Hairline Alone!

Published by Dior Noir on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm.

While we recognized John Legend at the BET Awards for his humanitarian efforts, a lot of the home audience recognized that something was slightly amiss with his hairline…so much so that “John Legend’s Hairline” literally became a Twitter trending topic.

The Twitterverse likened #johnlegendshairline to everything from a Tetris game piece to Fabolous’ tooth. Some cracked that Drake should take some of his eyebrows to fix the line, while others clowned that the patch was taken out of John’s hair to fill the oil spill.

Apparently the singer wasn’t feeling the jokes and saw fit to defend his jagged edge:

Btw, my hairline has been the same since I was a kid. Can’t believe some people are obsessing about it now. I’ve been famous for 6 yrs now,” he Tweeted. “And to the haters, I’m still smarter, more talented, more successful and better looking than u. So fall back.” Um, like your hairline? (sorry, it was just too easy!)

Aww don’t be mad John, just think of how many hairline jokes Tyra Banks has had to deal with over the years and she just keeps bobbing and weaving with a smile!

At some point, the singer realized he took the whole thing a tad too seriously. He Tweeted again: “Sorry y’all. Couldn’t believe my hairline was a trending topic. Get a life!” Then: “My lesson: don’t be distracted by nonsense and focus on what matters. I shldnt have stooped. We all live and learn. Back to songwriting.”

It may not be a perfect hairline, but at least it taught John something — you can’t take Twitter too seriously!

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Was Tyra A Diva?

Published by Runteldat on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 12:00 am.


As if it didn’t suck enough that the crew behind Tyra Banks’ talk show will be out of work in 2010 it looks like Tyra didn’t even bother to share the news herself.

Nope, the rumor mill says Tyra left her employees to find out via the press.

That B*tch from Rhymes with Snitch has the word:

Tyra’s employees found out she was ending her talk show the same time you did. Snitches on set say Tyra notified the press she was leaving before even telling her staff! They say she did the same thing when she packed up and moved the show from LA to New York. Crew members who made the cross-country trek are said to be PRETTY pissed off.

I’m not sure how it works in the world of modeling, but when it comes to TV, it pays to actually give your staff some time to prep for the news. And to be nice to them because they will talk about you to the press.

Case in point: Some ex-staff members are now starting to talk about their experiences working with Ms. Banks.

Here it goes:

There had been high turnover of employees for years. It was pretty difficult to work for Tyra. She and the higher-ups on the production staff could be extremely brutal. She really is a diva.

“Everything had to be done Tyra’s way.”

“Honestly, I don’t know how it would be to work under her. But for me, it was a good experience. Tyra just knows how she likes things done. And as for her ‘diva-ness,’ well, it sells.

When the show moved from L.A. to New York, several staffers weren’t even directly told about the change – they heard through the grapevine that it was going to move locations. Even so, a lot of those people gave up their lives on the West Coast so they could continue working for the show. Now they’re out of luck.

Source: 1, 2

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Celebrity Inspired Costume Ideas

Published by Dior Noir on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm.


Halloween is rapidly approaching and this year amid the ghouls and goblins a popular costume choice will be to dress as a celebrity. Even celebrities are being celebrities: Tyra Banks showed off her Kim Kardashian costume on her show earlier this week (pictured above).

One of my friends mentioned going as Rihanna, complete with a black eye and an umbrella and having her boyfriend be Chris Brown in a community service jump suit (too soon, too soon!), here are some other ideas if you want to be one of the stars.

Michael Jackson


“Thriller” is always an unofficial Halloween anthem grab a red leather jacket, pants (make sure to show off your white socks) and a jheri curl wig and be the King of Pop in the iconic video. Points if you know the choreography when the song starts playing while you’re partying.

Lil’ Mama


With a cheap weave ponytail, a bedazzled shirt and jeans you too can be ‘Lil Mama. Run up on folks and interrupt their conversations while breaking into a thug stance or have a friend be Jay-Z (all black everything, easy enough).

Lil Wayne


Rock locks, add fake tattoos on your neck and face (don’t forget the teardrop), get a grill and you’ve got Weezy F. Baby. Just don’t break out into “Lollipop” if little trick-or-treaters are around.



If you’re feeling bold, try an easy Beyonce costume from her “Single Ladies” video. A leg bearing leotard, heels and a blond wig.
Tell any guy who tries to holler if he likes it…well you know the rest!

Share your celebrity costume ideas and tell us who you’ll be tomorrow night! Happy Halloween!

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Celebs Get Back to Their Roots

Published by Dior Noir on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 3:00 pm.


Vanessa Simmons says that she’s a natural woman: “I look like a dork but it shows my color better…and O yea im all natural (aside from color) Thats ALLLLLLLL me!” she declared on Twitter with a link to a picture of herself with long two-toned hair.

Rev. Run’s daughter isn’t the only celeb that has Tweeted that her hair is her own.


Tyra Banks tweeted that she would “reveal her real hair” on the season premier of her talk show and then showed her audience what’s been growing underneath those lace fronts when the show aired. “I wanted to show the real me, I wanted to show the raw me. I just got out of the shower…and came onto the stage. This is me ya’ll!” she said. Last month she also let Larry King give her hair the “feel test” to prove that she didn’t have on a weave.


Oprah declared on Twitter that she doesn’t wear weave and later showed her audience a picture of herself she said was taken before she got her hair straightened. The media mogul also let Chris Rock feel her scalp to prove her hair was all her own when he came by her show to promote his movie Good Hair.

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Is Tyra Sending Mixed Messages?

Published by Runteldat on Friday, October 16, 2009 at 12:00 am.

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Thirty seems to be the magic number for Tyra Banks.

This week Forbes unveiled that Ms. Shake Ya Body (get into it) is the top earner of primetime TV as she earned a reported $30 million last year.

And more recently, it’s been revealed that Tyra has lot 30 pounds. We got a glimpse of her new frame this week during a photo shoot in NYC.

If you recall, Tyra Banks famously appeared on her talk show to berate all those that berated her for mentioning her 30 pound weight gain. “Kiss my fat a—“ ring a bell?

I thought so, which is why some people are asking whether or not Tyra’s weight lost is sending mixed messages to young girls?

Wendy Atterberry of the The Frisky:

So, what kind of message is that sending to her fans … and does Tyra even care? Back when she was still enjoying her ice cream, she defended herself against the naysayers in part by saying: “I get so much mail from young girls who say, ‘I look up to you, you’re not as skinny as everyone else, I think you’re beautiful,’ So when they say that my body is ‘ugly’ and ‘disgusting’, what does that make those girls feel like?’” Well, how does it make those same girls feel seeing Tyra validating the negativity by dropping the weight that made her “ugly” and “disgusting” in the first place?

Please don’t be too rough on me in the comments section, but Tyra does look better thin. She looks a lot more comfortable.

But does Wendy have a point or should she and others stay out of Tyra’s refrigerator.


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Tyra’s Former Assistant Sues for Unpaid Wages

Published by Dior Noir on Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 3:00 pm.

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Tyra Banks is being challenged to reach into that Bankable Productions account and pay up!   The TV personality was just slapped with a lawsuit from her former assistant Richard Thomas who is seeking $5,820 in back wages.

TMZ reports that  Thomas wants the money for “services rendered as assistant and advisor.” The legal documents require Thomas to ask Tyra for the money prior to filing suit but Thomas responded: “I have not been able to catch [Tyra] while she is in.”

Tyra’s new assistant is probably the one giving Thomas the old “Miss Banks is out to lunch” runaround when he calls to ask for his money and what, did he think Tyra was going to pull out her purse and write a check?  Someone needs to transfer him to the  payroll department! I doubt this small claim is even on Tyra’s radar. She’s probably spent more on a lace front.


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Stars Shine at the Daytime Emmy Awards

Published by Dior Noir on Monday, August 31, 2009 at 4:00 pm.

Tyra BanksThe stars dazzled at the 36th annual Daytime Emmy Awards last night and there was plenty of action from some of our favorite TV celebs!  Ugly Betty’s Vanessa Williams hosted the night and reminded viewers of her singing chops taking to the stage to preform song and dance numbers in between awards. One of the nights big winners was Tyra Banks who accepted the honor of “Best Informative Talk Show” for The Tyra Banks Show. This is her second year in a row getting this award (get it)! I admit, when Tyra first announced her talk show plans I wasn’t sure how it would work out but she’s doing well. What do we think? Is Tyra on her way to becoming the next Oprah?

The ViewCongrats are in order for The View team, with  Joy Behar, Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Sherri Shepherd for “Best Talk Show Host.”  Too bad none of them were actually at the Emmys to receive the award! In the past they’ve been beat out by the Ellen Degeneres Show and apparently weren’t expecting a win. Sherri, who co-hosted the Daytime Emmys last year, actually Tweeted right before the award was announced: “In hot Ft Lauderdale FL checking out the Daytime Emmys – maybe a win next year” and then updated shortly after the win “OHMYGOSH we won!” and then “The one time I decided not to go we win!” Side note: I keep seeing commercials for Sherri’s new show on Lifetime TV. Hope she finds success there too!

EmmysKevin Clash the puppeteer/voice of Elmo accepted the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for Sesame Street. I’m obviously extremely late but I had no idea the voice of Elmo was an African-American man!

There was even more dazzle from the red carpet:

wendy williams

Wendy Williams put her girls on display in a mint floor length gown with pockets. Of course her look wouldn’t be complete without a Rapunzel lacefront but this is one of her better looks I’ve seen!

emmysTatyana Ali made a sparkling appearance in a curve-hugging metallic halter gown.

emmysRemember “Little Ricky” from Family Matters?  Well actor Bryton McClure is all grown up and acting on the Young & The Restless now.  He was nominated for Best Young Actor.


Young & The Restless actresses Victoria Rowell and Tonya Lewis Lee who play sisters on the show each rocked the red carpet in attention grabbing looks.

What a night!

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Off With Her Yaki

Published by Runteldat on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 11:50 am.


In the past, Tyra Banks has dressed up like a Klump fresh from the buffet, stood in a bathing suit to check ya’ll who called her tubby, and wore braids to show how down she is for the cause.

Now the talk show host is going to really take it there on her show.

That’s right, Tyra Banks is about to remove the lace front and show you her natural scalp minus the Elmer’s Glue.

But wait, she wants you to join her!

Tyra said:

“This season on The Tyra Show we’re taking it to the next level and getting more real than ever before by encouraging women everywhere to own and rock what they’ve got and be proud! For the Season 5 premiere, I will be doing just that – no fake hair, I’m rocking my REAL hair. This will all be going down on September 8, 2009, which we’re declaring National Real Hair Day! We welcome everyone to go natural with me!”

National Real Hair Day? See what all of that glue and dye does to you?

Will you be joining Tyra and letting your scalp get some much needed quality time with air? Or will you be holding out for real breasts week or natural booty month?


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