Black fashion models like Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls would not be here today without past Supermodels who opened doors for them.
During last night’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful broadcast on NBC. Tyra Banks thanked Sports Illustrated magazine for putting her on the cover a dream she figured was impossible. See her speech below
A lot of the women here say it was their dream. But it wasn’t my dream, because I didn’t think it was possible. And I didn’t think it was possible because of the color of my skin….I want to thank Sports Illustrated…for thinking different, and I say “different” without an “ly,” for being daring and for making every little black girl that year that saw that issue go “oh my God, mama, I think I’m pretty because a black girl’s on the cover just like me.” I stand here representing everybody with a dream, to know that if you have a dream and you have tunnel vision, it can come true. But remember to dream bigger. Because if you do, those things can be reached, too.
We are moving in the right direction!