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The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is one of the most highly foreseen publication releases. This year, the brand made history and took a huge step toward promoting body positivity when plus-size model Ashley Graham was exposed as one of three covering starrings alongside American model Hailey Clauson and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.
While we shared Graham’s excitement as she represented for “every woman who felt like she wasn’t beautiful enough because of her sizing, ” we couldn’t help but feel like these groundbreaking cover-ups — which featured three different, beautiful body forms — were long overdue. And we’re not the only ones.
BuzzFeed tapped six females to slip into itty bitty bikinis( and some one-pieces) and recreate famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue encompass. The powerful photo and video project pushes the conversation further to the reasons why diversity in body image, as well as ethnicity and disability benefits, is crucial in mainstream media.
“For once, someone around my sizing was not the funny, sassy sidekick to the leading woman. We were the starring of the display — and “were in” sexy, ” said Buzzfeed associate editor Sheridan Watson about Graham’s SI Swimsuit Issue cover.
Yet, there are women like Susan who feel left out from the magazine’s ideal of “gorgeous women with athletic and sexy bodies looking great on a tropical beach.” She explained, “As a paraplegic woman I definitely don’t ensure my myself represented on a Sports Illustrated cover, but then I don’t find myself represented on any covers.”
Posing in her wheelchair dressed in a sultry one-piece was a liberating experience for Susan. “When I ensure my picture for the first time, I felt empowered. It’s a strong image, my disability is front and center, ” she said.
Editorial assistant Susan Cheng couldn’t help but feel proud of herself, too. She said, “When I considered my final image for the first time, my first thought was, ‘Let me send this to my ex real quick . ‘ I dunno. It felt nice. I seem good.”
The common learning experience among these six females is that we all is in favour of celebrated and recognised by publications. Why? Because it sends a strong message that we matter. And as Buzzfeed senior editor Kristin Chirico eloquently put it: “When the sun eventually explodes and devours the earth, I don’t think we want to go out as a species who induced each other feel bad about bikini photos — so let’s not be that way to each other.”
Amen to that.
Head over to BuzzFeed to assure all six Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover recreations and to read each woman’s testimonial on what posing in a bikini really felt like.
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