Harvard Business School 'graduate' Tyra Banks under fire from critics because her qualification is short course certificate instead of full degree
19:04 GMT, 28 August 2012
Under fire: Tyra Banks is facing criticism because her Harvard qualification is not a 'proper' degree
Tyra Banks famously graduated from Harvard Business School
earlier this year. But today she came under fire from critics who have taken
issue with the fact that the qualification is not a ‘proper’ degree.
The supermodel, 38, has never suggested that she has
anything other than a ‘diploma’ from Harvard.
However even the word 'diploma' might be a stretch, as Ms Banks actually earned a ‘Certificate of Completion’ for
her nine-week course in the university’s Owner/President Management non-degree extension
While these classes are offered through Harvard Business
School’s extension school, the head of the program has stated that it is ‘very
different from a full-time M.B.A degree program,’ which would take two years to
Nor do the classes come cheap. OPM 'clients' are required to complete three three-week units, at an ear-ringing $33,000
That’s nearing $100,000 for the privilege of attending
classes on campus.
The revelation regarding Ms Banks's Harvard qualification was revealed in a biting report on Jezebel, criticizing the model's ‘habit
of making misleading public statements about her studies.'
It read: 'She ought to just tell
The article goes on to say that ‘Tyra Banks is an
accomplished businesswoman. There is no reason to embellish her achievements. A
Harvard Business School graduate she is not.’
While Ms Banks, a former high school honor roll student, has never claimed to have a Harvard degree, it appears that she does seem set
on boasting about her Ivy League cred.
In February, she tweeted two pictures of herself on Harvard’s
Big strides: Ms Banks tweeted: 'On stage at my Harvard Business School graduation!' on February 17 this year
Proud: The model tweeted a picture of herself with her 'diploma' at Harvard
The first shows her walking past a podium,
accompanied with the words: ‘On stage at my Harvard Business School graduation!
Lil blurry but SUCH an exciting moment 4 me & wanted 2 share w/u!’
In the other, she clutches her diploma on campus, tweeting: ‘Smiling
ear2ear on the Harvard Business School campus w/my diploma!’
All this name-dropping seems gratuitous, considering the successful
media empire the reigning queen of fierce has built for herself: America’s Next
Top Model’s 19th season (pegged as the ‘College Edition,’
coincidentally) debuted on the CW network this week.
The latest cycle is a marked departure from the past – with new
judges like fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone, outspoken blogger BryanBoy, and
her rumoured ‘toyboy,’ 24-year-old male model Rob Evans.