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Cover appearances: 1996, 1997
Banks broke barriers as the first African-American woman to be featured solo on the infamous cover, and we couldn’t be more proud! With her killer curves and confidence to match, there’s nothing better than a strong, fierce woman rocking a bikini. The model mogul admits to getting stuck in unhealthy eating patterns in the past, but it’s refreshing to hear she goes through it just like the rest of us. The best part? She launched her “So What” campaign to promote positive body images for young girls.
We break down our favorite <em>SI Swimsuit Edition</em> stunners through the years