Kate Upton’s voluptuous back-to-back covers broke the mold in 2012 and 2013, but this year plus-size model, Ashley Graham, is completely changing the conversation for the magazine’s annual swimsuit issue.
For the first time, Sports Illustrated will feature a plus-size swimwear ad. “I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too,” the model, 27, said in a statement about her campaign for swimsuitsforall. “There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt.”
The size-16 beauty — whose resume includes spreads in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Latina — bares her curvy body in a tiny black bikini designed by the swimwear brand.
Graham recently slammed Hollywood for using Jennifer Lawrence as a curvy girl role model in an interview with the The Edit. “Jennifer Lawrence is the media’s poster girl for curves — she’s tiny,” she said.
“There needs to be more education in schools, because that’s where eating disorders start. It’s not just about being healthy; it’s also about loving who you are.”