Tyra Banks Covers Sports Illustrated Swim Issue At 45

May 8, 2019  |  

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Tyra Banks is 45 and showing us what a Top Model really looks like! The mom, model, and mogul shows off her banging beach body on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swim Issue.

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The model donned a barely there string bikini and was shot by Laretta Houston in the Bahamas. Banks quit modeling to focus on her multitude of businesses, including America’s Next Top Model where she has created model stars like Winnie Harlow and Eva Marcille.

Banks was the first African-American woman to appear solo on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swim Issue in 1997 and was on the cover twice. Her coming out of retirement for the 2019 cover truly holds a full circle meaning. She was also the first Black woman to be on the cover of GQ.

In the editorial, she wears several barely there looks, even wearing a polka dot swimsuit, representing the iconic bikini she wore in 1997.

The beauty posted the photo to her Twitter account and wrote, “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! Drop mic now!

Yessss!

The editorial is also extremely sexy with Tyra posing in a purple one piece that almost looks like it’s worn backwards. She also shows us her cakes with a sexy back shot.

Keep reading to see what Twitter had to say about this iconic cover.

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