Tyra tells the story of the first time she saw her first SI Swimsuit cover. She explains, "to be a black woman on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Swimsuit Edition. This is Americana. This is not about color. It's just about being a female. And some people might say, 'It's [just] swimsuits', but I think every facet [of] trying to break down barriers,... whether it's race, whether it's color, whether it's, sexual orientation - everything counts."
"So to me, being on the cover meant, 'wow.' Model is model - beauty is beauty - girl is girl'....Girls everywhere [are] going to look at that and go, 'wow, Tyra kind of looks like me, and they put me on that cover. Maybe that means that I'm beautiful. I don't have to look like those other girls that I could never look like.'"