Tyra Banks is changing her name for for her modeling career. Banks is on the back on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s coveted swimsuit issue, 22 years after becoming the first black model to be so honored. Now, she is changing her modeling name to “BanX.”
“Yeah, BanX with an X,” Banks said. “Because I want me coming out of retirement to be bigger than me, and for me to represent women to say, enough of this cookie-cutter thing.”
Banks, 45, said she’s not the same size she was at the time of her first SI cover, but she’s fine with that and wants others to celebrate their authentic selves. Her new modeling name reflects that view.
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