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Mia Tyler Biography

Mia Abagale Tyler was born on December 22, 1978, in Hanover, New Hampshire. Mia grew up in New Hampshire, raised by her mother Cyrinda Foxe-Tyler. Mia's father, Steven Tyler, lead singer for the iconic rock band Aerosmith, was separated from Cyrinda, and the two would later divorce in 1987. Nevertheless, Mia knew her famous father, and they had a good relationship.

So it came as a surprise when, at age 8, Mia discovered she had a half-sister. Attending an Aerosmith concert, Mia met another little girl who looked exactly like her: Liv Rundgren. The meeting led to the revelation that Liv, whose mother was model and Play..boy Play..mate Bebe Buell, was also Steven Tyler's daughter -- something Liv had suspected, but did not know for sure. Mia and Liv became close, realizing that they had much in common, like a youthful fondness for getting perms. Liv, who is almost a year and a half Mia's elder, has since changed her name to Liv Tyler, becoming a successful model and actress in her own right.

finding her own identity

In 1990, Mia moved with her mother to New York City, where she attended Manhattan's Professional Children's School. But during adolescence, Mia lacked direction. At age 16, Mia helped direct an indie movie. Then, taking up acting, she appeared on MTV's House of Style and the 1997 pilot of the CBS series, Michael Hayes.

The following year, one of Mia's showbiz friends who had gotten a job at a PR firm suggested an alternative: posing for Lane Bryant, a clothing line/retailer that was looking for models. At first, Mia said no. But when the offer was presented again, Mia took it. "I was still a spoiled daddy's girl," Mia revealed. "Not a wussy one but, you know, I was sitting on my butt doing nothing. No aspirations. So I thought, 'Well, it's money and I haven't made any of my own yet.'"

a life in showbiz

Mia's decision proved to be the right one. Starting with a spread in Seventeen, Tyler's modeling career took off, and she has also appeared in Teen, Mode and USA Today Weekend. Most recently, she has been profiled in Vogue, and made the cover of Flare. Represented by the Wilhelmina modeling agency, she became a model for H&M's Big is Beautiful range, joining the ranks of other H&M alums including Claudia Schiffer, Gisele Bundchen and Naomi Campbell. Mia has also become the face of Canadian plus-size retailer, Pennington's.

However, modeling has not entirely eclipsed Mia's acting career. A cameo in the Coen brothers' Odyssey send-up, O Brother, Where Art Thou? was followed by the lead in A Little Bit of Lipstick, and appearances in other small films. In 2001, Mia took up TV hosting as a VJ on MTV2.

keep on rocking

But both modeling and acting are just day jobs for Mia; her real ambition is to become a musician like her father. "I want to start a band," she says. Music has always been a part of the Tyler family -- who lost Mia's mother Cyrinda to a brain tumor in 2002 -- so it's no surprise that at last report, Mia was dating Papa


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