Tyra Banks is back on America's Next Top Model, y'all! We love Rita Ora and all, but let's be real, ANTM just ain't ANTM without Banks. Who's going to teach all those aspiring models to smize?
We've had Banks on our minds ever since the announcement of her return came down last week, which got us to thinking about her boyfriend, Erik Asla, and how little we actually know about him. I mean, these two go to great lengths to keep their relationship private and go months and months without being photographed together in public, so it's safe to say the man is a mystery to us.
We did a little digging and here's what we found out.
Banks announced the birth of her and Asla's son, York Banks Asla, last year with a cute Instagram post.
"The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here," Banks wrote on Instagram of her baby, who was born via surrogate. "He's got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik's mouth and chin. As we thank the angel of a woman that carried our miracle baby boy for us, we pray for everyone who struggles to reach this joyous milestone. York Banks Asla, welcome to the world."
We know that age isn't anything but a number, but Asla is nine years Banks' senior.
Shocker that Banks would be cozying up with a photographer, right? Asla's work has appeared in just a few rags you might have heard of, such as Allure, Bazaar, Dwell, Elle, Glamour, GQ Australia, Marie Claire, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue and Vanity Fair.
He has also shot for Calvin Klein and Saks Fifth Avenue. Of course, his website is chock-full of amazing photos of his lovely girlfriend too.
But when he does, the photos are stunning.
Asla was born in Norway but moved to Los Angeles to further his photography career and studied under the legendary image-maker, Herb Ritts.
Asla and Banks met on the set of Norway's Next Top Model and initially tried to keep their romance on the down-low but were spotted holding hands and kissing during a lunch date shortly after beginning their courtship.
According to his work website, as well as his personal social media accounts, Asla has three daughters who also live with him in LA.
Endearing bios, breathtaking photos... the caption for his photo announcing the birth of baby York says, "Witnessing the dawn of life is possibly life's greatest gift." Serious swoon.
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