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Tyra Banks, the oldest model to cover the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Tyra Banks Just Made History as the Oldest Model to Cover the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Banks is officially the oldest model to cover the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Tyra Banks: The oldest model to cover the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue today

It was 1996 when Tyra Banks first graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Standing back to back with Valeria Mazza in leopard-print bikinis. However, it was the next year when Banks achieved another, more meaningful first. Her first solo Swimsuit Issue cover. — because it wasn’t just her first solo cover.

it was the first solo cover for any black woman in the publication’s history.

And now, over two decades later. Banks has come out of modeling retirement to achieve yet another SI accomplishment. She’s the oldest woman ever to be on the cover of the Swimsuit Issue.

Tyra Banks is a powerhouse in every sense of the word. She’s a mother, a retired supermodel, an actress, a business owner, and all-around boss. However, that word “retired” may be a thing of the past, because, on Wednesday, Banks revealed her brand-new cover of Sports Illustrated Swim. The cover comes almost 15 years since she last strutted her stuff, and everyone is losing it.

But this was about more than just showing off the latest designer bikini. For Banks, this is a declaration about loving your body and embracing your curves.

In recent years, it’s been pretty quiet for Tyra Banks.

Banks launched her Tyra Beauty brand and filmed a movie. She also left America’s Next Top Model as the hos. She then returned to the reality series to replace Rita Ora. Other than that, we hadn’t heard much. Of course, Tyra Banks was making major moves in silence the entire time. That includes continuing to be the iconic, history-making supermodel. She is still paving the way more than 25 years into her career.

The cult-favourite Barbie-inspired film was given a reboot!. People loved the first film starring Banks and Lindsay Lohan. The original film also served as a lovely representation of black girls. Who rarely got to see themselves depicted as dolls or supermodels. Though the reboot wasn’t as critically acclaimed as the first. It proved to be yet another opportunity for Banks to leave her mark on the entertainment industry. Because she’s already so greatly impacted.

Now she’s making history again!

Banks revealed that she will be one of three cover girls on the 2019 issue of Sports Illustrated Swim.

“The three women that make up the covers of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue represent the brand. In the most powerful way possible,” says SI Sports Editor MJ Day to the magazine. “While each individual woman is so unique. They come together cohesively to tell a spectacular story.”

Banks is officially the oldest model to cover the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

At 45 years old, and almost 15 years after retirement. She’s returned to the cover of the annual magazine looking better than ever. Wearing an itsy-bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow bikini. She slew the waters, leaving the young models of today incredibly shook!

Her return to Sports Illustrated is also extra special because of her past with the magazine.

Banks is a major groundbreaker in the modeling industry. In 1997, she became the first black model to cover Sports Illustrated Swim, paving the way for a number of women of color to follow in her footsteps. In 2018, model Danielle Herrington graced the cover. This month, model Halima Aden also has scored a full spread and earned the spot as the first hijabi woman to grace the cover of Sports

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