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Tyra Banks back from retirement to cover Sports Illustrated

OUT OF RETIREMENT: Tyra Banks has been revealed as the cover star of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

TYRA BANKS has returned to modelling from retirement to cover Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit.

The 45-year-old media mogul graces the notorious edition more than two decades after she became the first black woman to do so alone in 1997.

It is understood Banks came out of retirement solely for the Sports Illustrated shoot.

It’s her third Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover. Inside the magazine, Banks recreates her historic cover by wearing a polka dot bikini recreated to resemble the one she wore in 1997.

The America’s Next Top Model creator and mother-of-one shared the cover on social media along with a motivational message.

“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!” she wrote.

Sports Illustrated editor MJ Day said: “Tyra Banks is the epitome of what we hope for all the women who are a part of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.”

Day added: “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.”

Also featured in the 2019 issue is Muslim model Halima Aden.

Aden is the first model to appear in the magazine wearing a hijab and a burkini.

Speaking to the BBC, Aden said: "Young girls who wear a hijab should have women they look up to in any and every industry.”

She described the response to her shoot as “incredible” and said she was honoured that Sports Illustrated has “taken the step to showcase the beauty that modestly dressed women possess”.

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