Sports Illustrated is yet again breaking stereotypes with this year’s swimsuit edition. The issue recently revealed that the plus-size model Ashley Graham is in the running for SI’s Rookie of the year. She is one of the first ever plus-size models to be featured in the magazine which has long been know for its ultra thin, size 2 models.
Graham via Instagram has been keeping her fans up-to-date on the issue and thanked them for all their support. “It’s official – I’m a @si_swimsuit model!! This is a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who stood up for curves – our voices were heard and together we can help me win Rookie of the year.”
Ashley Graham is also part of an ad campaign within the issue for the online swimsuit retailer Swimsuits For All. The swimwear brand’s #SwimSexy campaign promotes positive body image and aims to redefine “sexy.” Ashley Graham is featured alongside 56-year-old Nicola Griffin and fellow plus-size model Philomena Kwao. Together, these three women are bearing it all with the exception of their gold bikinis.
Philomena Kwao, Nicola Griffin, and Ashley Graham. Photo Swimsuitsforall
Sports Illustrated has broadened its definition of sexy and is finally recognizing that beauty comes in all different shapes and sizes.