Tyra Banks Wins Sports Illustrated Cover Award

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Tyra Banks’ Sports Illustrated cover in 1997 will always be a historical fashion moment. The famous image snagged the award for third-best all-time cover on NBC’s “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful” TV special. The No. 1 cover? That honor went to Kathy Ireland.

Tyra, the supermodel-turned-mogul reminded all of us that landing the cover was a huge honor in itself. Banks expressed her gratitude for SI’s willingness to put a black woman on the cover.

While accepting her award, she said:

A lot of the women here say it was their dream. But it wasn’t my dream, because I didn’t think it was possible. And I didn’t think it was possible because of the color of my skin….I want to thank Sports Illustrated…for thinking different, and I say ‘different’ without an ‘ly,’ for being daring and for making every little black girl that year that saw that issue go ‘oh my God, mama, I think I’m pretty because a black girl’s on the cover just like me.’ I stand here representing everybody with a dream, to know that if you have a dream and you have tunnel vision, it can come true. But remember to dream bigger. Because if you do, those things can be reached, too.

Meow Tyra…Congrats!

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