Behind the Scenes: Tyra Banks Beams For New ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’ Issue [Watch]

Published: Wednesday 8th May 2019 by Rashad

On Wednesday (May 8), Tyra Banks damn near broke the Internet when it was revealed she came out of modeling retirement to be one of three cover girls for the newest issue of ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.’

Showing off her oft-envied figure, the 45-year-old was looking better than ever as she fiercely posed beach side in the Bahamas wearing a yellow bikini – a shoot that immediately drew comparison to her iconic 1997 ‘Sports Illustrated’ snaps (as we reported here).  That feature (some 22 years ago) made history as Banks became the first African American woman to appear on a cover for the mag and now – with the recent appearance – she’s opted to make history again by tapping photographer Laretta Houston to lens the shoot.

“I am obsessed with firsts,” Banks says. “So, I spoke to MJ [Day], the editor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, and I said, ‘MJ, you guys changed my life. Twenty-two years ago, you put me on that cover and then you put me on again. It gave me such a powerful platform, and now I want to change somebody’s life. I want us to find an African American, female photographer.’ 

Look inside to see the behind the scenes action of Houston and Banks making history:


See more photos from the finished product:

BONUS:  Look below to hear Banks chat with BUILD series about the impact of hiring an African American photographer.

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  1. Glazba May 9, 2019

    OMG the last pic is so p***. WTF Tyra lol but I love it. C*** Destroyer!

  2. I hate whyyyte and blaccc both not sht May 9, 2019

    Oh s***, glad I clicked…Damn she still is a beauty, damn, and that banks I love she is such a smart girl, even Donald trump told her on her show how proud he was. She really has changed modeling with top model and all her businesses….she has given soo many people a career .I have learned things from tyra . She is a teacher more than a model, nice to see her on SI again

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