Damn, mama! Tyra Banks graced the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s iconic swimsuit issue at 45 years old. Age is clearly just a number because the model looked better than ever in a teeny yellow bikini while posing proudly.
This is the third time the America’s Next Top Model host has appeared on the bikini-clad cover. However, she actually came out of modeling retirement specifically for this year’s shoot that took place in Great Exuma, Bahamas.
“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,” SI Swimsuit editor, MJ Day, gushed about the mom-of-one. “She’s kind of the Swimsuit Issue ethos come to life, everything we know this franchise can be.”
There are two other cover stars this year. Soccer star and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan, 29, flaunted her muscular physique in a navy blue bikini that will have you drooling. Camille Kostek, 27, was this year’s Swimsuit Model Search winner and she also scored one of the coveted cover spots looking all sorts of beachy chic. If the blonde beauty looks familiar, it’s because she’s the longtime girlfriend of NFL star Rob Gronkowski.
“The three women that make up the covers of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue represent the brand in the most powerful way possible,” MJ explained about the decision of who to put on the cover. “Alex Morgan stands for feminine strength and power — using her voice to fight for gender discrimination and equal pay and Camille Kostek, only a year after we discovered her in our annual Model Search casting, marks the launch of a career swimming in potential. These women emulate determination to own who they are and demonstrate how limitless they can be.”
All three ladies look absolutely stunning and each cover flaunts their unique personalities. Looking fierce, ladies!