Tyra Banks wants to be on top, of the business world. The supermodel and aspiring mogul has enrolled in Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management Program. Tyra says she likes that people are surprised she's attending the elite institution, but she's not the only head-turner with the brains to enroll in a prestigious school. Get the facts on other model students now.
During her sophomore year at Syracuse University, where she was studying theater arts, newly crowned Miss America and former Miss Syracuse Vanessa Williams left school to pursue an entertainment career. Twenty-five years later, Syracuse awarded her the degree, deciding she earned the remaining credits through life experience.
Although she never completed her degree, Cindy Crawford's educational background proves she's more than a pretty face. After serving as her high school valedictorian, the supermodel shortly attended Northwestern University on a scholarship to study chemical engineering.
Bollywood star and former model Aishwarya Rai didn't plan on becoming a model; instead, she wanted to build beautiful buildings as an architect. It was her English professor at Jai Hind College who snapped photos of Aishwarya that would eventually make it into fashion magazines and launch her career. She moved to Mumbai to finish her studies, although she gave up her dream of becoming an architect.
Tyra Banks started modeling months before she was supposed to enroll at Loyola Marymount University in LA. She's said, "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." But now she's going back to school, this time to Harvard Business School. Not bad!