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Tyra Banks graduates Harvard Business School certificate program

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/24/2012 

Tyra Banks is now a Harvard alum.

The America's Next Top Model creator and judge has graduated with a certificate from Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management Program on Friday, Us Weekly reported Thursday.

"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 told CBS News last year about "the number one business school in the entire world."

Banks and her fellow students in the program reportedly spent three weeks on Harvard's campus a year for three years and their education cost about $31,000 per year in tuition.

"It's pretty exclusive. It's quite expensive. But, I feel like it is worth it. I feel like it is so, so worth it," Banks explained.

According to CBS News, Banks was admitted to both UCLA and USC out of high school but insisted instead on pursuing a modeling career -- leaving her with unfinished business which she has now recently completed.

"The day that I put college on hold because I got discovered to go to Paris and try this whole modeling thing, it was one of the most difficult decisions of my entire life," Banks said. "I gave myself a year to be a supermodel. And I said if it doesn't happen, I'm going back to school... And it happened."

Now that she's finished her Harvard program and has been enjoying the "Wow!'s" she has received from critics who have expressed low expectations for models, Banks is making education the focus of America's Next Top Model's upcoming edition.

The CW has announced that this fall's nineteenth season of Top Model will be subtitled The College Edition and feature aspiring models who are college students taking classes on campuses around the country.

With America's Next Top Model's casting calls beginning on Friday, the next season of the show will be looking for girls "everywhere from Ivy League campuses to party schools, from pre-med to pre-beautician, and from Big Ten to Pac Ten for girls from all walks of life, all parts of the nation, and all types of continuing education," according to the network.

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