Tyra Banks Gets Surprising DNA Test Results

29 December 2014
by Sabrina Rojas Weiss
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On an episode of the long-running show America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks turned her reality show into a DNA laboratory.

The supermodel/TV mogul and her contestants each went through an AncestryDNA analysis, and the results surprised everyone.

Banks confesses that she isn’t the only one who’s been wondering about where her exotic looks come from.

“People have been asking me my entire life what’s my family history,” she said on the show. “I don’t know; I’m a proud black woman who was born in America. I’m proud of that, but I’m super curious as to what else is running through my veins.”

So, she submitted a saliva sample with the AncestryDNA test, and Tyra’s DNA test results revealed that the 5’10” California beauty is:

  • 79% African
  • 14% British
  • 6% Native American

It’s actually quite rare to have such a high percentage of Native American blood — only 1 percent of test takers have more than 5 percent in their DNA, which simply confirms something we already knew about Tyra Banks: she’s one of a rare breed.

Do you know where your ancestors come from? Like Tyra, you might well be surprised.

With an AncestryDNA test, you’ll get a breakdown of your origins based on over 350 different world regions.

And your results could help you find distant family members through a database of more than 5 million people (and growing) who have also taken the test.

Uncover your unique DNA story with an AncestryDNA test.