Tyra Banks: 'It was nice to break down the walls so others could walk through them'

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 Tyra Banks leaving the ABC studio for GMA. Photographed by Gilbert Carrasquillo
Tyra Banks leaving the ABC studio for GMA. Photographed by Gilbert Carrasquillo
Gilbert Carrasquillo

The supermodel made history when she strutted down the catwalk for the Victoria’s Secret annual extravaganza back in 1996, before going on to be the cover star of the Victoria’s Secret catalogue in 1997.

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The two history making moments can be combined with her being the first female model to grace the cover of GQ magazine.

Tyra will always feel an enormous sense of pride for being a trailblazer for other models of colour.

“It was nice to break down the walls so others could walk through them. I was the first female model on the cover of GQ, not the first black model, but the first female to be on the cover, so that was exciting,” she says to Haute Living.

Compiled by Futhi Masilela

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