Tyra Banks wanted to lose 30 pounds before posing in a bikini for 'Sports Illustrated'

Kerry Justich
·1 min read

Tyra Banks looks incredible on the cover of Sports Illustrated — but she admitted that she didn’t reach her goal weight before the shoot. And instead of that being shamed, it was celebrated.

Tyra Banks poses for 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Tyra Banks poses for 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

“I thought I was gonna lose 30 pounds, and come back and look like that cover from 1997,” Banks tells Yahoo Lifestyle on the BUILD series stage,

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Tyra Banks in 1997. (Photo: SI)

“And I got to the fitting and went to MJ [Day]’s hotel room and I had like a big sundress on, and I’m like, ‘MJ, I was gonna lose a bunch of weight and I didn’t.’”

Day, who has strived to make the issue truly inclusive, simply told the model that they would be showcasing — and even honoring — her body as is.

“She’s like, ‘I am so excited that you didn’t. I think it’s so much better, I think it’s a better message, it’s who you are now,’” Banks recalled of her conversation with Day, the editor of the magazine. “She was like, ‘No, let’s celebrate that.’ And I was like, ‘Damn, okay.’ So it made me feel good.”

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