As a wildly successful model-turned-mogul, Tyra Banks is definitely no stranger to a bikini-clad magazine cover or two but at 45, she’s as surprised as you to be back on the front of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.
This time, she’s swapped the iconic polka-dot bikini she wore for the groundbreaking 1997 cover—earning her the coveted spot as the first black woman to get a solo cover—and is showing off her beach bod in an itsy-bitsy yellow bikini proving age really is nothing but a number.
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@tyrabanks, @camillekostek and @alexmorgan13 have landed the cover of #SISwim 2019! ✨ “The three women that make up the covers of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue represent the brand in the most powerful way possible,” @mj_day said. “While each individual woman is so unique, they come together cohesively to tell a spectacular story.”
By now, you’ve probably learned to not underestimate the woman who coined the term smize and has taken her career posing in front of the camera to new heights and become an iconic TV host show spawning a thousand memes, a successful producer, author, mother to York Banks Asla and hard-working businesswoman who continues to be an inspiration to the next generation of multi-hyphenates.
It seems impossible that it’s been 22 years since she was last on the cover and Tyra was candid, as she is, about how her body has changed in the interim years, saying, “My boobs are bigger. The booty is bigger. Everything’s a little bigger so at first I was like, ‘I’ve got more stuff to work with. But after the first shot, I was like, ‘I got this!'”
And judging from the sizzling cover and the beachy Bahamas photo shoot, we agree.