February 16, 2007 | celebrity | editor | 0 Comments

Ten years ago, Tyra Banks became the first black model to appear alone on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, and now Banks has returned to the Bahamas to recreate that famous shoot, even wearing the same red polka dot bikini.  Except not really.  Tyra said yesterday:

"They covered the sides of my chest so that it wasn't so much hangin' out. And they put some extenders on the sides of the bikini bottom so it fit … I was about 140 pounds on that cover … and I'm 161 now.  I'd say I looked like a stripper when I put it on."

Banks said she considered a healthy diet and exercise before the shoot but decided to gross everyone out showcase her inner beauty instead.

"I think there's more power in embracing what I am now and showcasing that.  I'm thinking that I should probably do this every 10 years.  So, in 2017 maybe I'll get in the swimsuit again and I'll have to get them to add a little more fabric."

Well, according to the pictures below, she’s standing up to her neck in water for the new shoot, which looks nothing like the old cover, so what was the damn point.  Who knows if she’s wearing the same suit or not or how much weight she’s put on.  Why not just a picture of her one of her teeth.  Why not just show her damn x-rays.  At this pace, if she does come back in 2017, they’ll just show the old picture, but in the background they’ll add some flying cars and President Obama giving a thumbs up. 

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