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    Updated on May 12, 2019. Posted on May 8, 2019

    Tyra Banks Came Out Of Modeling Retirement For The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover

    And 45 has always looked this good!

    Tyra Banks — mogul, model, host, author, smizer, actor, mom, boss...

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    ...and now a three-time fabulous cover girl of Sports Illustrated's 2019 Swimsuit Issue.

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    What a moment!

    If you recall, Tyra first made her Sports Illustrated cover debut in 1996, sharing the stage with model Valeria Mazza.

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    And in 1997, she became the first black woman to grace the cover all on her own.

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    After its reveal earlier today, Tyra took to Twitter to remind people that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and ages:

    This is for everybody that has been told that they are not good enough because of their body, their age, their everything. #BanX is here to tell you that you ARE friggin’ fierce no matter what anybody says! Drop mic now! @SI_Swimsuit 2019

    And in an accompanying video to promote the issue, she said, "Being the first Black woman on the cover — I didn't dream it because I never thought it was possible. And almost like this, I never thought it'd be possible at 45 years old on the cover of this magazine again."

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    Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editor MJ Day said in a statement, "Since Tyra's first cover in 1996, she's transformed herself into nothing less than a mogul, a cultural force and a supernova of inspiration and empowerment."

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    She went on to say, "She's kind of the Swimsuit Issue ethos come to life, everything we know this franchise can be."

    And for those wondering if Tyra wore the classic polka dot bikini she rocked a whole 22 years ago, the answer is 1000% YES!

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    And she looks damn good in it!

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    If you'd like to see how the shoot went down, check this out:

    Tyra is truly the smizing gift that keeps on giving.

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