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Tyra Banks Poses In Teeny Tiny Bikini 22 Years After Making ‘Sports Illustrated’ Cover Girl History

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Source: Getty; Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

May. 8 2019, Published 3:42 p.m. ET

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Tyra Banks has come out of retirement at age 45 to recreate her iconic 1997 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover! The America’s Next Top Model star posed in a teeny tiny bikini similar to the same one she sported over 20 years ago, when she made history as the magazine’s first black cover girl. Scroll to see the picture!

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Source: Getty; Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Tyra, 45, appeared on Good Morning America on May 8 and showed off her bikini-clad cover. The supermodel sported a yellow swimsuit for the front page, but within the magazine, she wore a pink polka-dot bikini to honor her first SI Swimsuit cover.

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Source: Getty; Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

She said on GMA, “My first cover was 22 years ago, how crazy is that? I’m like damn — I’m 45 dog!”

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Tyra also opened up about paying homage to the 1997 cover and said, “I recreated the shoot — 25 pounds heavier.”

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Source: Getty; Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

In the SI issue, the supermodel said, “There is this stereotype that only a 20-year-old woman in a bikini is hot. Like once we reach a certain age, we are no longer desirable. But I want to show that modeling has no age. I’m coming out of retirement to practice what I preach.”

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SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day praised Tyra and said, “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.”

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Source: Getty; Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

What do you think about Tyra’s first photo shoot out of model retirement? Sound off in the comments below!

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