Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models: Then and Now

How are Elle, Christie, Kathy and more faring (and looking) since their first shoots? Answer: Pretty darn well!

1997: TYRA BANKS

Banks broke barriers when she became the first African American model to cover SI in 1996, appearing solo in 1997 (left). She joined Victoria's Secret soon after – becoming the first African American to appear in their catalog, too – and enjoyed a successful runway career. Now 39, Banks is known more for her business endeavors: America's Next Top Model, The Tyra Banks Show, her book Modelland and her highly publicized time at Harvard.



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