Tyra Banks is back in the modelling game and fiercer than ever. SMIZE.
Gracing the cover of the summer 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and pairing it with a name rebrand, Banks, who will now go by BanX, is embracing her post-baby bod.
The 45-year-old was the first solo black woman to make the SI cover back in 1997, making it a special publication platform to announce her career relaunch.
"Since Tyra's first cover [appearing alongside Valeria Mazza] in 1996, she's transformed herself into nothing less than a mogul, a cultural force and a supernova of inspiration and empowerment," Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editor MJ Day said in a statement.
It’s this conduit for positive body image awareness that Tyra wants to harness with her rebrand.
“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,” she told SI.
“BanX is me, but she’s also every woman,” she explained. “BanX represents rebirth and that beauty boundaries only exist to be broken.”
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, BanX said, "I'm human. You know, there's just things that I don't like but I just don't dwell there. But I'm also very honest and saying I don't like it, but it's not the end of the world."
Dressed in a little yellow sting bikini, we can sure agree that she is rocking her perfect body with a confidence that every body-type should adopt flaws and all.
- Tait McGregor