Who is Erik Asla?
Erik Asla was born on 21 May 1964, in Norway, and is a professional photographer, but best known for his long-term relationship with supermodel Tyra Banks. He worked with Banks in several “Top Model” programs she produced, and with other supermodels. He’s also worked with big corporations in various industries, such as the automotive industry.
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The Wealth of Erik Asla
As of early-2020, Erik Asla has a net worth estimated to be over $3.5 million, earned through success as a professional photographer.
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He is one of the more recognized photographers, making public appearances, gaining endorsement deals, and high profile contracts on television, as well as with several notable companies.
Life and Career
At a young age, Erik developed an interest in photography, while completing his high school education in Norway. Following school, the moved around Europe working as a freelance photographer, before settling Paris, France. Wanting to gain bigger projects, he subsequently moved to Los Angeles, and started working as an assistant for fashion photographer Herb Ritts.
His mentor is known for his photography of celebrities in black and white during the 1990s.
He gained a lot of skills and developed his talents under the tutelage of another professional photographer. He then started working with models, and gained a lot of attention thanks to his photoshoots with model Emily Ratakjowski. This led him to work with several publications, including “Vanity Fair”, “GQ Australia”, “Allure”, and “Bazaar”.
He also gained a lot of attention on television, with some of his most noted photography seen in reality competition programs such as “America’s Next Top Model” and “Norway’s Next Top Model”, in which he did photography for the contestants. He also worked with top brands such as Calvin Klein and Audi.
Ex-Girlfriend – Tyra Banks
Tyra began her pursuit of a modeling career at the age of 15, while she was studying in Los Angeles. She was rejected by modeling agencies four times before she gained a contract, but the eventual move to sign her as a model would prove lucrative.
Over the next few years, she would gain numerous accolades for her work – she became the first African-American model to be featured on the cover of both the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue”, and “GQ”. This led her to sign as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and work as a model for the company for nearly a decade.
She became one of the top-earning models at the time, raising her status to a supermodel. She also took acting opportunities, one of her earliest appearances being on TV in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.
She made her film debut in 1995’s “Higher Learning”, and started to gain major roles in the 2000s coinciding with her increased modeling fame. She worked on the box office success “Coyote Ugly”, and had a role in the horror film “Halloween: Resurrection”. She also made guest appearances in “Glee” and “Gossip Girl”.
Tyra Banks – America’s Next Top Model and Recent Projects
The project that elevated Banks wealth began in 2003, when she envisioned the television series which would become “America’s Next Top Model”. She worked as an executive producer, host, and judge of the show during its 12-year run. She then returned as a producer for its revival.
In the show, numerous aspiring models compete for the title of “America’s Next Top Model” which will help them gain a strong start in the modeling industry. Each season or cycle had 10-15 female contestants and most cycles had contestants with no prior experience in modeling. Winners of each season receive a magazine feature and a modeling agency contract among other prizes. The show has been successful and this has led to an international franchise with over 30 versions around the world.
Aside from her work in “America’s Next Top Model”, she also hosts other shows, including “America’s Got Talent” since replacing Nick Cannon for its 12th season in 2017. She also had “The Tyra Banks Show”, which won two Daytime Emmy Awards during her run. She has been ranked consistently as one of the most influential people by “Time” magazine, as well as ranked as a Legendary Supermodel, only one of 17 models to achieve such a status.
Erik and Tyra began dating in 2013 after meeting each other on the set of “Norway’s Next Top Model”. The two confirmed their relationship shortly afterwards when they were spotted having lunch together in West Hollywood.
After two years together, the two decided to have a family though didn’t want to marry. They tried many times, but they couldn’t have a child due to Banks’ age and the issues that came with it. In 2015, the couple decided to have a child through successful surrogacy. However, their relationship only lasted for two more years, when the couple called it quits without specifying the reasons for their break-up. The two still share custody over their child, and Asla also has three children from a previous relationship.