Tyra Banks Has a New Gig as a College Lecturer at Stanford University

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Sign us up! Tyra Banks has a new gig as a guest lecturer at Stanford University. The supermodel will be coteaching a class on creating a personal brand, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The class, which is part of the MBA program, will focus on using different types of media to present students’ brand. By the end of the semester, students will share what they’ve created via Facebook Live, local television and YouTube.

The former Victoria’s Secret model, 42, will teach alongside Stanford management professor Allison Kluger, who previously worked as a producer for Good Morning America and The View. After seeing Banks speak at a recent Stanford event, Kluger approached her with the idea of taking on the challenge of teaching.

As former host and mentor to hundreds of aspiring models on America’s Next Top Model and creator of TYRA Beauty, she’s well equipped to teach the subject.

Banks said that while the course will be fun, she’ll be tough on the 25 students who enroll in her class. “If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them,” she told The Wall Street Journal, adding that she hopes to keep them interested and off their phones, unless they are using it “tweet something I’ve said.”

The former FABLife host is the latest in a string of celebrities to take on gigs teaching college classes. Angelina Jolie took on a role as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics to teach a course on the impact of war on women. Matthew McConaughey will also return to his alma mater, University of Texas at Austin, this fall to instruct a filmmaking course. 

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