The three new covers for Sports Illustrated’s 2016 Swimsuit Issue have been unveiled and the magazine has made history by putting a ‘plus-size’ model on one of the covers for the first time.
The trio of covers highlight three beautiful women of varying body types, with Ashley Graham, Ronda Rousey and Hailey Clauson each gracing their own individual cover.
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
Size 16 model Graham recently shared her excitement at being part of the magazine, and judging by her Instagram post this morning, she was even more thrilled when she found out she’d made the cover, dedicating it to “every woman who felt like she wasn’t beautiful enough because of her size”.
Speaking to People, she added:
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 barriers. They are the standard now. This is beyond epic.
I’m so incredibly excited to announce that i am on the cover of the 2016 issue of sports illustrated swimsuit issue @si_swimsuit ,honestly words can’t describe how grateful I am. I have worked my butt off and never gave up on my dream! Thank you so much for making my dreams come true tonight @mj_day I have so much love for you! Thank you @jamesmacari for getting that magic shot! Hair is by @riadazar9 and makeup is by @tracymurphymua ? Wowwwww! #SISwim #tnt @tntdrama ???????????????
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By using Graham, Rousey and Clauson as the three cover models, SI are hoping they can inspire women to embrace the uniqueness of their bodies.
According to Yahoo News, SI’s assistant managing editor, MJ Day, said:
The three covers of Hailey, Ronda and Ashley celebrate the new SI Swimsuit. All three women are beautiful, sexy, and strong. Beauty is not cookie cutter. Beauty is not ‘one size fits all.’ Beauty is all around us and that became especially obvious to me while shooting and editing this year’s issue.
UFC star Ronda Rousey, of course, was well known to be appearing in the magazine, with photos of her shoot in that body paint swimsuit leaking last month.
Skier Lindsey Vonn and professional tennis player Caroline Wozniacki also did a body paint photo shoot for the issue.
This year’s edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition will hit shelves tomorrow, with all three covers available to buy.