IN PICTURES! Size 16 Bikini Model Makes History as First Plus-Size Woman Featured in Sports Illustrated

Posted on Feb 5 2015 - 4:11pm by Redwire Singapore

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She’s got all the right junk in all the right places.

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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Here’s more of the curvy Ashley Graham!

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