Barbie is looking a little more diverse, #AerieReal is featuring unretouched models and the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is becoming more body inclusive.
According to The Huffington Post, not only is model Ashley Graham set to pose in the infamous edition of the magazine for the second year in a row, it was announced on Tuesday, Feb. 9 that she would be joined by two other models — Philomena Kwao and 56-year-old model Nicola Griffin.
The trio will appear in a set of ads for Swimsuits for All, a company that designs flattering swimwear for all body shapes, starting at size 8 and going up to size 34. The body-inclusive brand made history last year for placing the first-ever plus-size ad in the magazine.
This year, the company features three curvy models in their #SwimSexy campaign. Each model is posing in the same gold metallic bikini, showing just how flattering their suits are for all ages and body types. Making history this year is 56-year-old Nicola Griffin, who, according to Swimsuits for All, is the oldest woman ever to be featured in the magazine.
Griffin explained her excitement over taking part in the campaign to The Huffington Post this way: “I am overjoyed to represent all women over the age of 50 and hope this campaign inspires them to feel confident in a swimsuit — a gold bikini, no less! I am a proud mother and love that my body reflects that.”
Kwao shared a similar sentiment, saying that she “never dreamed” she “would be a swimsuit model.”
Be sure to check out their ads in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue that comes out next week (and goes live online on Feb. 15).