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YAAASS QUEEN: Tyra Banks Makes Model Comeback As Sports Illustrated Cover Girl

The always bankable beauty is BACK and is somehow making me question my sexuality all over AGAIN!

Yes, Tyra Banks has remained a constant fixture in entertainment and a radiant example of relevance since launching onto to the modeling scene in the 1990's. However, it's been a hot minute since TyTy flexed her posing prowess or her super smizing skills in an official supermodel capacity.

Well that all changed this week when the model turned mogul threw on her trusty bikini wear for yet another iconic Sports Illustrated shoot! As you may remember Banks made history as the first African American model to grace the cover of the mag and more than 20 years later still has now made an EPIC return fit for a Queen.

Check out the FULL BTS scoop from People Magazine:

Model, TV personality, activist and entrepreneur Tyra Banks returns to the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, more than two decades after being the first black woman to grace the cover of the magazine alone in 1997.


Banks came out of modeling retirement specifically for her 2019 SI Swim photo shoot, photographed in Great Exuma, Bahamas, by Laretta Houston. The star poses in a yellow Andi Bagus string bikini as she gives her signature smouldering smize to the world.

“My first one was 23 years ago, how crazy is that,” an excited Banks said on Good Morning America where she revealed her new cover. “I’m like damn — I’m 45 dog!”

This marks the third SI Swimsuit cover for Banks, 45, whose career was launched when she first starred on the cover of SI Swimsuit in 1996, with model Valeria Mazza, followed by a solo cover in 1997.

“Since Tyra’s first cover in 1996, she’s transformed herself into nothing less than a mogul, a cultural force and a supernova of inspiration and empowerment,” says SI Swimsuit Editor MJ Day. “She’s kind of the SwimsuitIssue ethos come to life, everything we know this franchise can be.”

For the 2019 issue, Banks recreated her iconic polka dot bikini moment during the Bahamas shoot.

“We couldn’t find the exact one in the archives — it was the polka dot bikini so we recreated that bikini,” she said. “I recreated it [the shoot] — 25 pounds heavier.” In 1997, Tyra Banks made history as the first African-American supermodel to appear alone on the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Banks is one of three stars getting their own cover. She’s joined by Alex Morgan, USA National Women’s Soccer team star and Olympic gold medalist, and Camille Kostek, 2018 SI Swimsuit Model Search winner and 2019 SI Swimsuit Rookie.


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