Tyra Banks with fellow judge Andre Leon Talley on America's Next Top Model

*Tyra Banks has confessed to fans she’s nothing like her “America’s Next Top Model” persona, confessing she invented an alter-ego to score better ratings and combat her shyness and insecurity.

Speaking during CNN’s Larry King TV special “Dinner with the Kings,” which aired Sunday, she said, “When I did my show, created my show or whatever, I also created a persona on ‘Top Model.’ And it’s a character. So, when I’m sitting there and I have all this make-up on, and I’m like, ‘Your picture’s not fierce…’ talking all that and reprimanding the girls, that is a character.

“I don’t do that, like, in real life; I’m passive aggressive. I’m anti-confrontational; I’m even in coaching to learn how to be confrontational.

“So it’s a character, but people think it’s real. I’m so not sexy. I know how to turn it on for a picture but I’m not sexy in real life.”