Supermodel Tyra Banks, who recently went public with details about her struggles getting pregnant, is a new parent, The Smoking Gun has learned.
Banks and photographer Erik Asla last month welcomed York Banks Asla into the world. The boy was born via a surrogate mother at a Connecticut hospital.
Banks rushed to disclose the child's arrival in an Instagram post shortly after a TSG reporter sent her husband an e-mail inquiring about the birth.
In a People magazine interview last year, Banks, 42, spoke of her difficulties conceiving, saying that she had undergone in vitro fertilization procedures in the hopes of having a baby.
“When you're like, ‘OK, I’m just going to do it,’ then it’s not so easy as you get older," Banks said as she teared up. “I’ve had some not happy moments with that, very traumatic moments," she added. “It’s difficult as you get older. It’s not something that can just happen.”
On the day following the baby’s birth, a photo (seen above) of Banks and Asla appeared on the star’s Instagram page with the caption, “Everyone deserves to be loved like this.” It was the only social media posting the “America’s Next Top Model” host made in the days following her son’s birth.
According to domain registry records, the url yorkbanksasla.com was purchased on January 5 by Ty Loke, LLC, a Los Angeles firm controlled by Banks. The star has previously used the company when registering scores of domains, including those for her charitable foundation and Bankable Productions, a film and TV company.
Ty Loke, LLC is also the holder of trademarks like “Tyra Banks,” “Modeland,” and “Smize” (a Banks catchphrase for “smiling with your eyes”).
According to press reports, Banks met Asla, 50, in 2013 while he was a judge on the Norway version of “Top Model.” Asla has older children, including a daughter who works as an Elite model.