Is Tyra Banks Real Eye Color Green, Or Is She Wearing Contacts? 15,000 Ask Google

TYRA BANKS GREEN EYES are the subject of much curiosity online. Are they real or are they color contacts, are just two of many search queries about the TV star and ex-model. By Ben Arogundade. [Feb.10.2016]

African American TV star and fashion model Tyra Banks – close-up image of her natural green-colored eyes

INTERNET SEARCH STATISTICS YIELD valuable insights into the things people are thinking about, and the questions they most want answered. Tyra Banks, ex-supermodel and presenter of the TV show, America's Next Top Model, evokes much interest online, as she is an African American woman who appears to have green eyes, and many of her fans around the world are unsure how this can happen — unless her eye color is fake, and she is wearing green eye contacts. Each month, approximately 1,220 of her fans Google the phrases, “Tyra banks eyes”, and “Tyra Banks eye color”. The total number of such queries adds up to 15,000 searches per year.

TYRA BANKS' REAL EYES: THE TRUTH
So, what color are Tyra Banks's eyes? The answer is, they are a natural green. This color, and indeed blue colored eyes, do occur naturally within people of African ancestry. Genetically, there are two reasons that explain why:

Genetic mutation
A person's natural eye color genes can mutate, creating a different color to the one the person was born with. Ocular albinism is a form that occurs mostly in men, and happens within eyes that do not make melanin — the substance that gives skin, hair and eyes their natural color. A person’s eye color is determined by how much pigment they create within special cells called melanocytes. Someone with no pigment production for example, will have blue eyes, whereas someone with a little will have green eyes.

Caucasian ancestry
People of African ancestry, such as Tyra Banks or actress Vanessa Williams, who have Caucasian relatives on both sides of their family, are more likely to have non-brown eyes. Each forebear needs to be a carrier of the gene for these colors. For example, two people of African heritage, both of whom have brown eyes, can produce a blue-eyed child if they both carry that gene within their ancestry.

BLACK, WHITE, GREEN
In the case of Tyra Banks eye color, both her parents — father Donald Banks and mother, Carolyn London —although African American, have the green-eyed gene within the proportion of European ancestry they possess.

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IN THE EYES: Many fans wonder about Tyra Banks's real eye color. Are they green, brown, or does she wear color contacts? The fact is, non-brown colours do occur in people of African heritage, either via a form of genetic defect, or as the result of having European ancestry.

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EYE ANCESTRY: Television personality and entrepreneur Tyra Banks and her mother Carolyn London. Banks' green eyes are the result of her mother and father being carriers of the gene for that particular color, via their proportion of European ancestry.

African American TV star and fashion model Tyra Banks natural green-colored eyes, with mother Carolyn London

*TYRA BANKS' EYES ACCORDING TO GOOGLE SEARCH

1,220

The number of people worldwide who Google the phrases, “Tyra Banks eyes” and “Tyra Banks eye color” each month.

*Figures for “Tyra Banks' Eyes According to Google Search”, supplied by Google. Stats include global totals for laptop and desktop computers and mobile devices.

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