Tyra Banks is back, on cover of 'Sports Illustrated'

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"The three women that make up the covers of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue represent the brand in the most powerful way possible". She landed the cover in 1996 alongside fellow model Valeria Mazza, and returned a year later for her history-making solo cover.

Banks first appeared on the pages of the magazine in 1993.

"Alex Morgan stands for feminine strength and power-using her voice to fight for gender discrimination and equal pay", she continues on to say of the soccer player.

This is Banks' third career SI swimsuit cover. She has become a cultural force in the modeling world, helping break a slew of barriers.

For the 2019 issue, Banks recreated her iconic polka dot bikini moment during the Bahamas shoot.

"We couldn't find the exact one in the archive". "I recreated it [the shoot] - 25 pounds heavier".

The swimsuit was no longer available, so Banks chose to pay homage to the shoot.

Model Camille Kostek, a former cheerleader and partner of retired National Football League star Rob Gronkowski, landed the cover two years after being plucked from obscurity to feature in the magazine, with US soccer star Alex Morgan, an Olympic gold medallist and FIFA world champion, also landing the coveted spot.

Kostek won a swimswuit model search past year and was named a SI Swimsuit "rookie". The model looks just as good as she did years ago in the hot photos steaming up the Internet. She is also Sports Illustrated 2019 Rookie of the Year.

In 2007, after paparazzi photos of Banks on vacation in a swimsuit emerged, critics attacked her apparent weight gain.