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Megan Thee Stallion Chats With Tyra Banks In A Hot Tub During Sports Illustrated Interview

The two entertainers have both made history with their Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers.

Supermodel https://blavity.com/tags/tyra-banks " rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Tyra Banks interviewed Megan Thee Stallion in a hot tub while the two discussed the rapper’s life and recent history-making Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover. 

The “Savage” rapper graced the Aug. 2021 issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, becoming the very first rapper to do so, as Blavity previously reported.

During the 20-minute interview, Banks and the Houston native discussed the rapper’s career, what she missed most about her life before becoming famous and her wishes for those watching her stardom. 

Megan then discussed how she came to the realization that she wanted to be a rapper and why she waited until the age of 18 to inform her mother about her career aspirations.

“I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up, but I know I want to entertain everybody. I like to see people smile genuinely. I like to see people having a good time. When I finally figured out. What I wanted to do I had figured, I want to rap because my mom was a rapper,” Megan said. 

“She didn’t know I wanted to be a rapper. I would literally watch her be in the studio all day and I’m like this lady is just everything," she said. "I didn’t want to tell her that I could rap until I was like 18 because I wanted to be perfect to her.” 

After two years and several solo studio sessions, the rapper finally had the confidence to perform for her mother.

Banks also asked Megan if there was ever a time, she was insecure about her looks. 

"When I’d have to go to school, to dance practice, it’s like I’m not even looking at the fact that anybody’s different than me, but when girls would start calling it out ‘oh you’re so tall’…it started to become something that was on my mind,” Megan recounted.

“My family always made me feel really good about myself, so it was hard for someone to project their insecurities on me. So, I come in a room like I own it and I’m hovering over all y’all," she continued. "So, it has to be kind of scary.”

Later in the interview, Banks taught Megan how to smile with her eyes, also known as Banks' signature modeling technique called the “Smize."

On Monday, Megan shared her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover with her Instagram followers and publicly thanked those who made this historic moment possible for her.

“I thank all the strong women in my life who inspired me to love my body and live my best hot girl life,” Megan said.

The "Thot S**t'" rapper told Banks that she chooses to live her life fearlessly and credits her family for helping her to become the woman she is today. 

“I don’t hold myself in for anybody, I’m not carrying myself like I’m timid, I feel like I look good, I’m beautiful and if I have a mouth and I can speak it, you gonna know that I feel that way,” Megan said. 

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