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Supermodel, Tyra Banks turns lecturer

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Who better than someone with the appropriate experience to teach about super modelling than the super model herself, Tyra Bank? The former host of the America’s Next Top Model, will be guest lecturing a class on “creating and protecting a personal brand” at Stanford University next year.

News of Banks’s foray into education, filtered into the news-sphere through a report in The Wall Street Journal, and this will be the first time that she has lectured at the prestigious institution.

Her first assignment for her students will be: “Project You: Building and Extending your Personal Brand,” for which they will be required to “create a short video introducing both themselves and the vision for a brand, according to the official course description”

The supermodel, who welcomed her first child in January, revealed that she is going to be a tough taskmaster when it comes to taking to the lectern, stating that her teaching style will be fun but firm. “If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them.” She also revealed that she wouldn’t encourage the use of phones in class, unless it was to “tweet something I’ve said”.

In a recent tweet, she even said, “I’m beyond excited to teach. It’s even in my blood and I can’t wait to meet my students.”

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Banks isn’t the first famous face to want to impart their knowledge to a new generation. Recent advocates include, Angelina Jolie who announced in May that she had been appointed visiting professor in practice at the London School of Economics on a new MSc course on women, peace and security, the first of its kind in the world. Her work commences next month.


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