Tyra Banks was photographed by Yu Tsai in Hollywood, Fla.
Tyra Banks was photographed by Yu Tsai in Hollywood, Fla. / Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Tyra Banks


In 1996, Tyra Banks became the first Black woman to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, posing alongside Valeria Mazza in South Africa. The next year, Banks made her first solo appearance on the front of the magazine, continuing on her path of breaking barriers in the modeling industry. That wasn’t the end of her SI Swim story, though; the model returned for the 50th anniversary legends shoot in 2014 and, in 2019, graced the cover of the annual issue for the third time. Beyond modeling, Banks is an actress, producer, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and the founder of SMiZE & DREAM, an innovative ice cream company founded to inspire people to work hard to reach their goals. 

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