Sports Illustrated Puts First Plus-Size Model On Cover And It's Awesome

Sports Illustrated Puts First Plus-Size Model On Cover And It's Awesome

And it's revolutionarily sexy.
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Everyone is familiar with the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition magazine. Whether it's because you're an 11-year-old boy looking at it in the grocery store secretly while your mom checks out, or because you're a 16-year-old young woman flipping through and self-shaming your own body (I say this from personal experience), it is one of the top selling magazines of the year, generating 7 percent of Sports Illustrated's annual revenue.

But this year, they are making a huge change! For the first time ever, Sports Illustrated has put plus-size model, body activist and designer Ashley Graham on the 2016 Swimsuit Edition cover. While Graham has appeared in the Swimsuit Edition before in an ad for Curves in Bikinis, a swimsuit company for all sizes, this is the first time she will have her own spread and cover in the magazine. In fact, it is the first time Sports Illustrated has ever had a plus-size model featured and on the cover.

So, why is this so amazing?

Because I was one of those 16-year-old girls looking at the Swimsuit Edition, wanting to morph my body into the 23-inch waist that stared back at me. My curvier friends no longer have to cry saying that they are fat and not sexy or beautiful because they only see tiny women on the covers of magazines. Because my male friends were the 11-year-old boys thinking that the Swimsuit Edition is an accurate representation of women's bodies, and were shocked to realize it isn't. My brothers can now recognize the beauty in a curvy woman and their differences. This plus-size cover is so amazing because it is the first time women with curves can look at the magazine and see themselves — sexy and beautiful — staring back at them.

Sports Illustrated is changing the magazine and fashion industry because they are showing the beauty of women of all sizes, 00-22!

Ashley Graham and Swimsuit Edition editor MJ Day said it's equally as amazing in an interview with People Magazine.

“I thought Sports Illustrated was taking a risk by putting a girl my size in the pages,” Graham said. “But putting me on the cover? They aren’t just breaking barriers; they are the standard now. This is beyond epic.”

In addition, Day's reaction was equally as supportive. Graham said, “MJ came over to me and she had tears in her eyes and she said, "This is going to make history." Graham continued on to say "in that moment, I knew that I wasn’t just there as a favor, I wasn’t there just like Oh, let’s put the big girl in. I was there because I was supposed to be there.”

Ultimately, Day is right — Sports Illustrated made history. The girls with 23-inch waists now stand next to those with 46-inch waists, looking sexier and stronger than ever before. Sports Illustrated is taking the leap of straying from the boxed confines of underweight models to women of health, and on top of it all, do it in a breathtaking way. Graham is now a part of a big movement that we all hope is going to follow this cover — that women of any size will now feel their most beautiful because they are who they are; not someone else.

Thank you, Sports Illustrated, for having the plus-size heart to make this change.


Cover Image Credit: Time Inc.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Tanya Gold, Your Fatphobic Article Is Uneducated And Arrogant

BREAKING NEWS: Women come in all different shapes and sizes!

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Just recently, Nike released a plus-size mannequin at one of their stores in London that showed off their plus-size leggings and sports bra. And, because we live in a world where being fat or overweight or obese is somehow the worst thing in the world to some people, this has sparked a lot of discussion.

Tanya Gold wrote an article for The Telegraph saying that this mannequin “cannot run" and is “likely pre-diabetic" and “on her way to a hip-replacement." Not only is Tanya's article uneducated and poorly written, it's completely fatphobic and embarrassing.

What I would like to know is this: why can't plus-size women work out in Nike clothes just like a size 2 woman? People want to scream from the rooftops that plus-size women are fat because they don't exercise and when companies FINALLY start catering to plus-size women with clothes they can EXERCISE IN, people lose their minds and think that they're promoting obesity.

What are plus sized women supposed to work out in if they can't even wear Nike leggings without being fat-shamed?

Would you rather them wear jeans? Overalls? A parka, maybe? What about a garbage bag?

Let's also discuss the fact that being overweight doesn't equal being unhealthy, just like being at a “normal" weight doesn't make you healthy. Did you ever stop to think that some women have diseases that make them gain weight that they, in return, can't lose? Some women can eat salad for every single meal, seven days a week and they still can't lose weight.

Let's all say this together: SIZE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FITNESS. Being thin doesn't equal being healthy and being overweight doesn't equal being unhealthy.

Everyone (and yes, I mean EVERYONE) should be able to be comfortable in their own skin AND in their clothes.

You can't sit and pout saying that fat people don't care about their health and then when they want comfortable clothes to wear while they're EXERCISING, hell has frozen over and how dare Nike cater to people who aren't a size 2.

Tanya, be honest with yourself. You aren't anywhere near a size 2, either, so where is all of this coming from? Are you self-loathing? Do you have some kind of internal fatphobia?

Pick a side, Tanya. You can't hate people who are overweight because you think that they aren't exercising and then when they do exercise and they get clothes that cater to them, it's all of the sudden wrong and horrible.

We are damned if we do, damned if we don't. As if women (and men) weren't already being shamed enough for being plus size, we're now being made to feel bad because a brand caters to our size so we can wear the same clothes all of the other sizes can wear.

Thank you, Nike, for making your brand more inclusive for all shapes and sizes so we can ALL feel confident in our clothes.

I think it's worth mentioning that Nike released their plus-size line in 2017 AKA 2 years ago... Why weren't you mad then?

Oh, and, Tanya Gold, you might want to stop smoking since you're all about being healthy, right? You don't want to get lung cancer or anything, do you?

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