TYRA BANKS

Year: 1997
Photographer: Russell James
Fashion Resumé: Modeled in a campaign for Victoria's Secret; modeled in pictorials for GQ; created and hosted America's Next Top Model and True Beauty.

At the height of her career, Tyra Banks was the first African-American supermodel to get a solo Swimsuit Issue cover. Tyra later won VH1's award for "Supermodel of the Year," in part, no doubt, because of this stunning cover shot.