Tinashe Makes History In Metallic Gold Bikini

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Tinashe had all the reasons in the world to be proud of herself ahead of the weekend. The 28-year-old singer, songwriter, and dancer - gearing up for the release of her 333 album - has become the first woman with braids to front iconic magazine Sports Illustrated.

Tinashe, who said the feature made history for "two reasons," stunned fans with multiple swimwear looks including a shiny gold bikini, with photos on the Kentucky native's Instagram proving mighty popular. See them below.

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Tinashe amid greenery in a two-piece
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Scroll for the photos. Tinashe is both the first independent artist and the first swimsuit model to sport braids in SI's history. Posing for SI Swim and marking the milestone, she wrote:

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

As to the photos, they came with glam and plenty of skin on show.

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Posting for her 3.2 million followers, the "No Drama" hitmaker opened all bombshell while kneeling on soft sands, posing in a revealing and glossy gold two-piece, one that came accessorized with plenty more bling as the singer rocked a heavy gold chain necklace and hoop earrings.

A swipe to the right showed Tinashe in a cut-out and bandeau black swimsuit that upped the chic, with the final photo showing her in an earthy-toned, sparkly, and plunging bikini as she clearly held her long flowing braids. Swipe below for the gallery - scroll for more photos.

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Tinashe goes goofy in a two-piece
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The comments section has brought in fellow women of color, including a very famous face, herself fronting this issue of SI. "WAP" rapper Megan Thee Stallion is the first rapper to be the magazine's cover girl - SI has also made history for featuring its first ever transgender model: Leyna Bloom.

Texan Meg left a string of heart-eye emoji, with the post also gaining a like from 30-year-old rapper Iggy Azalea. The feature was also marked on Twitter, where Tinashe referenced one of SI's most famous faces.

Name-Drops Tyra Banks

Taking to Twitter and mentioning legendary model and Dancing With the Stars host Tyra Banks, Tinashe wrote: “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,” adding: “Full circle moment.”

Sweet T, as she is also known, has since updated living the yacht life in Miami and showing off a leopard-print swim look. "Feeling free, feeling right," she wrote to caption her photos yesterday.