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Tyra Banks Welcomed Son, York, via Gestational Carrier

Tyra Banks and Eric Asla

Could this be the other reason supermodel Tyra Banks walked away from her TV talk panel show FABLife?

Congrats to model, producer & TV host Tyra Banks who welcomed her first child, a son, York Banks Asla, via gestational surrogate.

“We are so excited for our new baby boy bundle of joy,” The America’s Next Top Model franchise creator told PEOPLE.  “The journey to now has not been an easy process, as I’ve shared before. But there was a beautiful bright light at the end of the tunnel for me and his father.

Norwegian photographer Erik Asla is the father.

“As I gaze into the beautiful eyes of my son, I think about all the people who struggle with fertility or carrying a child and continue to pray for them every day,” the beauty entrepreneur said in the statement. “My hopes and dreams are filled with well wishes that they get to feel what my little treasure, York Banks Asla, feels like in my arms.”

Banks announced the news to her fans and followers on Instagram.

“The best present we worked and prayed so hard for is finally here,” she captioned a photo of a newborn hospital hat. “He’s got my fingers and big eyes and his daddy Erik’s mouth and chin.”

The recent host of FABLife struggled to conceive and announced this fact during a segment on her show last year. Currently preggers Chrissy Teigen also opened about her and hubby John Legend‘s challenges with infertility.

So it comes as no surprise she again thought of those struggling with infertility in the caption.

“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,” she added.

Banks previously opened up about her infertility struggles, revealing that she had undergone IVF procedures in hopes of conceiving.

“When I turned 40, the one thing I was not happy about is that I did not have kids,” Banks told PEOPLE last September 2015 after opening up about having undergone IVF treatments. “When you’re like, ‘Okay, I’m just going to do it,’ then it’s not so easy as you get older.”

We are so happy for her! Yay!!!