This is a Sports Illustrated FIRST! This year, there will be three cover models for the swimsuit edition: Hailey Clauson, Ashley Graham, and Ronda Rousey. Other models and public figures included in the magazine will be Nina Agdal, Lily Aldrige, Hannah Davis, Gigi Hadid, Chrissy Teigen, Irina Shayk, and Lindsey Vonn.
The person behind this decision was SI Swimsuit Editor MJ Day. He said “What defines beauty today? The truth is, times have changed and one size does not fit all. Our position on beauty is well known-healthy, curvy, vivacious, and bold. It’s not a size. The three cover models-Hailey Clauson, Ronda Rousey, and Ashley Graham-demonstrate that…so we don’t have to have just one cover model, because beauty doesn’t take just one form.”
All three women are more than happy with this decision and made comments on their cover as well.
“I’m shaking and crying. I love it so much because it represents three different strong and beautiful women.”
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