In 2000 she had major roles such as Eve in Disney Channel's Life-Size and Zoe in the box-office hit Coyote Ugly.She had small roles in the romantic film Love & Basketball (2000) and horror film Halloween: Resurrection (2002), and appeared in television series Gossip Girl and Glee.She walked in fashion shows for Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Sui, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Herve Leger, Valentino, Fendi, Isaac Mizrahi, Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, Michael Kors and others.

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She had such a love of life and believed in living everyday to its fullest.

She will be sorely missed and my heartfelt condolences to her family.'is encouraging visitors to share their 'Zelda stories'.

An avid traveller, Ms Kaplan spent significant amounts of time in Africa and southeast Asia during the last few decades and was a champion of humanitarian causes including the prevention of female genital mutilation.

The Columbus Circle local said that her favourite, ever, New Yorker is Margaret Mead and called herself a 'Citizen of the World', explaining that she 'spent half [her] life relaxing and the other half crusading'.'I was a successful ballroom dancer and women's golf pro in Miami Beach in my 20s, a doctor's wife in New York in my 30s — and in my 60s and 70s I spent my time largely in Africa and Southeast Asia campaigning directly with local tribal government leaders for women's and children's rights,' she told the magazine.

While she never used medication, Zelda told New York magazine that she was fond of Shiraz and said that she mostly spent her days reading books and newspapers, 'which provides me great knowledge to empower people through daily conversations, and through my charitable efforts.' Her attitude of being able to do anything and having the world at her feet shone through: 'I've never met Donald Trump, but I would like to. Zelda always said, "Live, live, live and have fun" ...

When I heard he had a low handicap, I thought maybe we could play a round of golf.'Her close friend, Richie Rich told the New York Post: 'Passing away in the front row was how it was meant to be. I hope the angels are holding her right now.'In a statement, she said: 'We are deeply saddened to lose Zelda, such an icon of the fashion community.

Banks attended John Burroughs Middle School and graduated in 1991 from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. When she got the opportunity to model in Europe, she moved to Milan.

Banks has said that while growing up she was teased for her appearance and considered an "ugly duckling"; When Banks was 15 years old, she started modeling while attending school in Los Angeles. In her first runway season, she booked 25 shows in the 1991 Paris Fashion Week.

The June issue is a drastic improvement, cover and content wise compared to the last several issues (April and May were great, February we really didn’t want to see Reggie “I Don’t Date Sistahs” Bush on the cover).

As our only voice in glossy media for fashion, style, and beauty news, Essence will have to continue this formula if it is to withstand the era of social media.

Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine.