In 1997, Tyra Banks became the first black model to get a solo cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Now, 23 years later, she's 45 years old and back on the cover...and I think she's STILL GOT IT!!
There are three covers this year. The other two feature soccer star Alex Morgan and New England Patriots cheerleader Camille Kostek.
The cover marks a return to modeling for Tyra, which also comes with a new name: From now on she just wants to be known as BanX. She says it symbolizes the "X-ing out [of] cookie cutter beauty."
She adds, quote, "Mononyms are exciting in the industry. But usually models use their first names, like Iman. I want to flip the script and go by my last name. I'm taking something familiar and making it new. I'm wiser now and thicker."