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THIS IS AWESOME.

Sports Illustrated just made a historical FIRST with their 2016 Swimsuit Issue. And it’s about time!
They FINALLY chose a plus-size model as one of their cover models. Her name is Ashley Graham. She’s a size 16  and she’s already taken the modeling world by STORM at the age of 28. Now, she’s one of SI’s three cover stars.

The 28-year-old model took to Instagram to express her heartfelt gratitude for landing the groundbreaking 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”

For the first time in over 50 years, the highly anticipated annual issue features three women, representing three different body types. Graham joins American model Hailey Clauson and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.

The three covers of Hailey, Ronda and Ashley celebrate the new SI Swimsuit,” said SI assistant managing editor MJ Day. “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.”

 

Slow clap for Sports Illustrated for being awesome and celebrating REAL women’s bodies in all shapes and sizes!

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