Tinashe is getting ready to release her upcoming fifth studio album 333, but she’s celebrating a huge accomplishment before she does that. On Monday (July 19), Sports Illustrated unleashed their annual Swimsuit issue, and the Los Angeles-bred artist is gracing the pages. 

Tinashe took to Instagram to share photos of her spread, a moment she says she’s been waiting for since she was younger. Her placement in the magazine makes her the first independent artist to be featured in the special issue. In the pictures, Tinashe is seen wearing various gold, black and bedazzled swimwear. 

“I feel like I manifested this because I’ve wanted to be in the swim edition since I was a teenager,” Tinashe wrote in her caption. “Thank you @sportsillustrated pretty cool to be the first independent music artist in the magazine and also the first woman with braids.”

 

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She then took the celebration to Twitter, revealing she told her mother that she would be in the magazine one day. 

“I told my mom when I was like 12/13 that I was gonna be in Sports Illustrated Swim edition someday, after I saw Tyra Banks on the cover,” she tweeted. “Full circle moment.” 

Tinashe is in good company with her placement in the 2021 issue. Megan Thee Stallion is gracing the cover, making her the first rapper to do it and second musician since Beyoncé did in 2007. To add to the coveted spot in the Swimsuit issue, Tinashe is getting ready for the return of MTV’s Cribs

MTV's 'Cribs' Set To Reboot With Big Sean, Rick Ross, Tinashe + More

The new season is slated to kick off August 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET. Tinashe, Rick Ross, Big Sean, former NBA baller Nick Young, reality star Scott Disick, Jersey Shore’s Snooki, YouTube sensation Jojo Siwa, business mogul Martha Stewart and more will be featured as guests in the new season.