Sports Illustrated has created a history by featuring Ashley Graham as the first fuller-figured model as the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 cover girl. Graham will appear on one of the three covers.
“I thought Sports Illustrated was taking a risk by putting a girl my size in the pages. But putting me on the cover? They aren’t just breaking the barriers. They are the standard now.” Graham said, as reported by The People.
The 28-year-old body positive activist will feature alongside the likes of MMA’s Ronda Rousey and model Hailey Clauson. This will be the first time in 52 years when Sports Illustrated Swimsuit will feature three different covers.
Truly speechless!!! This cover is for every woman who felt like she wasn't beautiful enough because of her size. You can do and achieve anything you put your mind to. Thank you so much to the entire @si_swimsuit team! I'm so excited to be a part of your family. I love you all!!! #siswim #beautybeyondsize
Garaham will be the first size-16 model to appear on the cover. The model from Lincoln, Nebraska has dedicated the cover to women who “never felt that they were beautiful enough”. She is glad that many women in the society will feel represented.
This is not the first time when Graham will feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine. She has featured in the mag before. She has also starred in campaigns for Lane Bryant and SwimsuitsforAll. She has walked the runway at New York Fashion Week and has also designed lingerie with Addition Elle.
Readers will now be able to vote for Graham as Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s
“Rookie of the Year”, which will make her the winner in next year’s issue.
“I’m shaking, I’m so honored’ Garaham said after Nick Cannon and Rebecca Romijn made the announcement on a TV special.
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Graham will follow Robyn Lawley, the first plus-size model to feature in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover last year.
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