Tyra Banks is back. The supermodel came out of retirement to land one of three covers for the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Banks joins Rob Gronkowski girlfriend Camille Kostek and United States women’s soccer star Alex Morgan as the three cover models for this year’s edition of the annual magazine.
Banks had previously appeared in the Sports Illustred Swimsuit issue in 1993 and again in 1996. In 1997, she made history by becoming the first black woman to be solely featured on the cover of the SI Swimsuit Issue.
Now, after years away, Tyra is back.
“Tyra Banks is the epitome of what we hope for all the women who are a part of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit,” said editor MJ Day in a statement on SI.com. “What she has achieved so far in her career is extraordinary. She has parlayed a modeling career into phenomenal success that spans multiple industries and resonates with people on a global scale. She has refused to be singularly defined and is constantly working to inspire everyone within her reach.”
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!@SI_Swimsuit 2019 pic.twitter.com/bgUqGunhAe
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) May 8, 2019
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Banks was born on December 4, 1973, in Inglewood, California. Banks began modeling while attending high school in Los Angeles at age 15. Shortly after, she was signed by L.A. Models before switching to Elite Model Management a year later. Banks briefly lived in Milan after signing a European modeling contract and was walked on the runway for companies like Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Sui, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Herve Leger, Valentino, Fendi, Isaac Mizrahi, Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, Michael Kors and others.
She has also appeared on the covers of magazines like Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Vanity Fair, and GQ. She was also a Victoria’s Secret Angel, becoming the first African American model to receive the honor.