She’s Back! At 45 Tyra Banks Slays The Cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2019

by Taylor Staggers

May 9, 2019

Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images

45-year-old Tyra Banks has stepped out of retirement to once again grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s infamous swimsuit edition.

This comeback came with an empowering message from the “America’s Next Top Model” star. “This is for everybody that has been told that they are not good enough because of their body, their age, their everything. #BanX is here to tell you that you ARE friggin’ fierce no matter what anybody says!”

Even though it’s been more than twenty years since Banks became the first African American woman to have a solo cover photo on the magazine, the way she is rockin’ that yellow bikini proves she’s still got it! According to her interview on Good Morning America, she’s 25 pounds heavier than she was during her first appearance.


This supermodel turned role model has been a vocal advocate for body positivity, leading the conversation on unhealthy beauty standards within the modeling and entertainment industries.

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