As a supermodel, mogul and mom, the 42-year-old is a long ways away from her earliest years as an aspiring model in Paris.
As she quickly took the international industry by storm on the catwalks of the early '90s, the young Banks was immediately compared to and pitted against Naomi Campbell, one of the most iconic figures in the fashion world to this day and one of the few African American supermodels at the time.
According to Banks, Campbell caused some of the "lowest times" of her life during their following 14-year rivalry, as she described during an interview on the Norwegian-Swedish talk show "I got to Paris and it was very difficult.
After nearly an hour episode, Banks declared that she had finally found closure after more than a decade of feuding.
"One of the biggest wishes that I've ever had has come true.
I had a conversation with Naomi Campbell," she told the audience.
"I got a lot of answers and it has started my healing from all of the devastating rumors and gossip and rivalry and pain that I've experience.
I've started to heal and I think Naomi has, too."Still, the rumors would not rest.