"I felt a burning desire to try again and to be part of a change in the way society views women over 50."
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit's "curviest model ever" is back for her fourth spread in the magazine. And already, people are praising her as a "goddess."
Hunter McGrady is shedding light on problems that still exist in plus-size fashion after becoming the first plus bride to cover "The Knot."
After appearing in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for the third year in a row, McGrady is reflecting on what it means to be the curviest woman to appear in the magazine to date. In addition to shutting down the misconceptions that comes with that title.
Halima Aden made history when she became the first Muslim model to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue wearing a hijab and a burkini.
Tyra Banks became the oldest person to grace the cover of 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit issue at 45 years old. But, she was apprehensive after having not reached her goal weight.
"I'm sure I'll find out through the grapevine if any curvier than their usual model" is used for this year's Victoria's Secret show, Lawley wrote, adding, "I'm a little hopeful but not at all at the same time."
"Sports Illustrated" model Kate Wasley says you shouldn’t believe everything you see on Instagram.
McGrady is on a mission to change perceptions of what it means to be beautiful.
Sports Illustrated brought inclusivity and diversity together Sunday night in a phenomenal finale catwalk show at W South Beach hotel during Paraiso‘s Miami Swim Week. Body positivity was a key theme for the show, bringing together women of all body types — including Paralympian snowboarder Brenna Huckaby, Sports Illustrated cover star Danielle Herrington, and even a model breastfeeding her baby while strutting the catwalk in a gold, glittery bikini.The breastfeeding model, Mara Martin, was cast through Sports Illustrated Swimsuit‘s first-ever open casting call held in Miami over the weekend. Hundreds of aspiring models of all shapes and sizes and different ethnic backgrounds were encouraged to attend and were then selected by a team of expert panelists including Christie Brinkley, Kate Upton, Hunter McGrady, and Olivia Culpo.Hundreds of guests gathered Sunday evening around the W South Beach pool to watch as Huckaby opened the show, baring her prosthetic leg, followed by models who proudly showed off their stretch marks, tattoos, cellulite, and curves. One improvement that could be made in the show’s casting would be the inclusion of models from a greater number of ethnic groups, such as Asians, who were notably absent from the cast.Even so, the runway show marked a considerable step forward in emphasizing body positivity in the swimsuit market, which has trailed behind other areas in fashion. Over the past few years, Sports Illustrated has made strides toward inclusion, which culminated in the evening’s diverse runway representation.“This year’s representation of models in the PARAISO fashion show was a continuation of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit messaging that diversity in beauty is very real and very important to represent. It’s something that we believe in passionately, and where better to celebrate that then on the runway in swimwear where it makes so much sense to our brand! We wanted the women watching this show or looking at the Cabana brands being worn on the runway to see themselves represented and hopefully make women out there feel a little more confident about who they are and feeling good in the skin they are in!,” says MJ Day, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor-in-chief to Yahoo Lifestyle. In 2015, plus-size model Ashley Graham was the first curvy model to be featured in the magazine. Graham made SI history for a second time in 2016 when she was chosen to be on one of three covers for the magazine’s annual swimsuit issue.In 2017, SI held its first-ever runway show during Miami Swim Week to launch its size-inclusive swim line. In 2018, Herrington made history as the third black model to be on an SI swimsuit cover, though this was met with some backlash from critics who felt the magazine was still sexualizing women even in the wake of the #MeToo movement. According to the Associated Press, “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day says that even though the issue was conceived and shot before the #MeToo movement heated up last fall, it’s about more than just women in swimsuits. Day says the magazine is ‘creating and giving platforms to these women’ and presenting them as multidimensional people.” The same issue featured a body-positive editorial spread with model McGrady, Olympian Aly Raisman, Robyn Lawley, and Sailor Brinkley Cook posing nude with words of affirmation such as “confidence” and “worthy” covering their bodies.Sports Illustrated‘s pivot toward body positivity has been well received, as evidenced by the loud applause and cheers from the hundreds of guests in attendance as the models strutted the runway Sunday evening. The support continued on social media, with one Instagram user writing, “What you guys have done is so powerful. I applaud you in every way. I have to add this amazing company into my life,” and another person wrote, “Loving the diversity!!!! Thank youuuuu.”As for the swimsuits themselves, the show featured an exhaustive list of more than 40 brands, including Stella McCartney and Jonathan Simkhai, that highlighted key fashion trends. Bikinis were styled with the fashionable Matrix-style tiny sunglasses, clear visors à la Dior, and Jacquemus’s revival of the oversize sun hat.It was a remarkable moment to see women of all backgrounds come together to showcase how there’s no single body type that’s considered sexy or beautiful.Ahead, see highlights from the Sports Illustrated swimsuit show.Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle: • Ashley Graham and Gabi Fresh celebrated body positivity in bikinis this weekend • Danielle Brooks is ‘PHAT,’ and that’s why she refuses to retouch her swim photos • Model Iskra Lawrence was shamed by the fashion industry: ‘I would always hold my fat back and measure myself’Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
For Ashley Graham, when it comes to body confidence, her actions speak just as loud as her words. In a new video posted to Instagram, Sports Illustrated shows what it was like behind the scenes of the curvy model’s shoot for the annual swim issue. Graham and the magazine’s senior editor Darcie Baum got down on the set while the rest of the crew cheered them on.
Despite the criticism the Sports Illustrated swim issue has recently received, the magazine’s cover star believes it’s the “perfect” time for the annual publication to come out. “I can be in a swimsuit and feel sexy and feel empowered,” Danielle Harrington said during an interview in AOL’s Build Series on Thursday.
Olympic great Aly Raisman has returned to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, and this time, she brought along a message. “I would like to remind everyone that being a survivor is nothing to be ashamed of, and going through a hard time does not define you,” she told the magazine.
The highly anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover was finally unveiled Tuesday morning, and the cover girl is a fresh face to the pages of SI. Instead of tapping a swimsuit issue regular, the editors of SI Swim went with newcomer Danielle Herrington, who was first featured as a Rookie in 2017. Read on to find out how she got her big break, which SI Swim veteran inspired her to get into modeling and what she hopes to do next.
The 23-year-old plus-size model Kate Wasley is a fierce body-positive activist and will be part of this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
"There is no such thing as a ‘wrong’ body. What’s wrong is the way you see it, the beliefs you impose on it, the labels you attach to it.
“Modeling is an expensive career when you first start — you have to pay for photo shoots and maintain your appearance."
Australian models Kate Wasley and Georgia Gibbs went viral a few months ago when Gibbs posted a photo that emphasized the friends' different body shapes.
To celebrate the agency's 50th anniversary, Wilhelmina Models is releasing a new book that "defines beauty." Here's what the company's CEO, Bill Wackermann, says is the key to being beautiful and becoming a successful model.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue isn’t stopping with Ashley Graham. While the magazine took a major step in the right direction by crowning their first ever curvy cover girl and rookie of the year in 2016, it’s still making moves towards including more size diverse women. Case in point: the magazine has just added another plus size beauty to its roster.
“I still want designers to cast more sizes and not segregate sizing, and for agents to step up and not segregate sizing. I want to see all sizes, races, ethnicities, ages, everything."
Lindsey Vonn stuns at Sports Illustrated’s Fashionable 50. The skier attended Sports Illustrated’s annual Fashionable 50 party, where the most stylish people in sports are honored. The athlete’s platinum hair and smokey makeup completed the icy look, and brought the heat.