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6 Things to know about Tyra Banks' baby daddy, Erik Asla

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Everything you need to know about Tyra Banks' boyfriend and baby daddy, Erik Asla

Tyra Banks announced on Wednesday evening that her son, York Banks Asla, has made his way into the world, via surrogate.

The former supermodel and television host Banks posted an adorable photo of the tiny hat put on newborns in the hospital on Instagram with the caption, "The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here. 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."

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While Banks has been vocal about her struggles with fertility, she has mostly kept her love life and boyfriend under wraps. The couple could go months without being seen in public together.

Now that they have made their big, exciting announcement, we thought it would be a good time to learn a little bit more about Erik Asla.

1. He's 51 years old

Asla is nine years Tyra's senior, Banks being 42 years old.

2. He's a photographer

This is the toolbox.

A photo posted by Erik Asla (@erikasla) on

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, German, 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 baby mama, too.

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3. He's Norwegian

One of the things I miss most. D2 magazine. Norway.

A photo posted by Erik Asla (@erikasla) on

Asla was born in Norway but moved to Los Angeles to further his photography career and studied under the legendary image-maker, Herb Ritts.

4. They met at work

Everything you need to know about Tyra Banks' boyfriend and baby daddy, Erik Asla
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The couple 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.

5. He was already a father

First month. First shows. First card. Proud of u @tatjasla

A photo posted by Erik Asla (@erikasla) on

According to his work website, as well as his personal social media accounts, Asla has three daughters, who also live with him in LA.

6. His social media presence will melt your heart

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.

Congrats to the new parents! That baby was probably born smizing.

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Everything you need to know about Tyra Banks' boyfriend and baby daddy, Erik Asla
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