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Bestselling Author Tyra Banks Interview — Harvard Business School

Bestselling Author Tyra Banks Has Considered Producing Food and Doing Spas

>> Tyra Banks says she "got a little alopecia from the stress" of writing her debut young-adult book, Modelland, but it's panned out for her — the novel is now topping bestseller lists.

Banks, who early next year will complete the owner/president/manager program at Harvard Business School, tells the Wall Street Journal the classes have helped with the direction of her business: "Professors explained to me that focus is great. Being the biggest and having your foot in a bunch of things is not necessarily the best thing. So I came back and focused the message of my company ... I said, "If it's not about expanding the definition of beauty and making women feel physically and emotionally better about themselves, then we're not doing it." We put away ideas to produce food. I've been approached to do real estate with homes geared toward first-time women buyers, spas, all kind of stuff, and we put those ideas away, too."

She also seemed to be fully comfortable with her career growth: "I've found that I enjoy being at a business meeting more than I enjoy being on a photo shoot. And I can lead a meeting better."

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