December 6, 2022

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Tyra Banks’ Sports Illustrated Cover Gave Kim Kardashian Self-Esteem for Her Body

Tyra Banks walked so that Kim Kardashian could run. The America’s Next Top Model creator turned plenty of heads during the peak of her modeling career before leveraging her fame to keep herself relevant without the runway. Kardashian was deeply inspired by Banks’ ease in her own skin as a teenager, and the two recently linked up for Skims, although the details of the campaign have frustrated some of their fans. 

Tyra Banks was an iconic model in the 1990s

Tyra Banks continues to draw the ire of fans of "Dancing With the Stars" who do not want to see her on the show.

Tyra Banks | ABC/Adrienne Raquel

Banks broke barriers for women of color and with different body types with her landmark career. She began at the age of 15 while still going to school in her native LA. After moving to Milan, she quickly became an international star who graced the covers and runways of upscale fashion houses and more accessible corporations. Some of Banks’ placements were historic.