Tyra Banks made her big debut on the cover of SI back in 1997 and enjoyed her thriving modeling career until 2005 when she retired from modeling altogether but is now back with a vengeance.

The 45-year-old model carried her 2019 cover as she made her way into GMA where she talked about what if feels like to come out of retirement and straight into the cover of the coveted swimsuit issue.

Tyra looked stunning in an off-the-shoulder peplum hot pink dressed that she paired with a white thick belt and ankle tie high heels on her way to the Good Morning America studio.

The TV host has a good reason to come out of retirement – she wants women of all age to feel like they can be sexy no matter their age as she told SI during an interview; “There is this stereotype that only a 20-year-old woman in a bikini is hot, like once we reach a certain age, we are no longer desirable. But I want to show that modeling has no age. I’m coming out of retirement to practice what I preach.”

‘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!’ – the bold statement was made by Tyra on her social page underneath her new SI cover.

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The flawless beauty has received a lot of bad criticism in the past when she had put on some weight and was photographed at an unflattering angle as she took a dip in the ocean.  In true Tyra fashion, she faced her critics wearing the same bathing suit to prove that in fact, she wasn’t as heavy as she appeared in the photos.

Fast forward 11 years later and she is back on the Sports Illustrated cover.

Tyra isn’t just ready for a comeback — she wants to change her name.

The model told GMA that she plans to change her name to a modern moniker to come out of retirement and now wants to be referred to as BanX.


“BanX is me, but she’s also every woman,” she said, “BanX represents rebirth and beauty boundaries only exist to be broken.”

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