[Close-Up] Tyra Banks Slays ‘Sports Illustrated’ Cover At 45

Tyra Banks X Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
Photo Credit: Laretta Houston

Model icon/boss Tyra Banks is killing the beauty game with her latest cover spread — this time for Sports Illustrated’s iconic swimsuit issue. Coming out of retirement, the beauty also just made history, at 45-years-old, as the oldest model to cover the annual glossy.

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The ageless beauty puts models half her age to shame while serving face and body for the cover while rocking a teenie weenie yellow Andi Bagus string bikini.


“This is for everybody that has been told that they are not good enough because of their body, their age, their everything,” captioned Tyra on an Instagram pic. “#BanX is here to tell you that you ARE friggin’ fierce no matter what anybody says!”

This marks Tyra’s third time covering the spread — she also made history with her first cover in 1997 as the first Black woman to earn a solo SI Swimsuit cover.

Click through for a few pics from the spread lensed by Laretta Houston in Great Exuma, Bahamas.

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