Remember this name: Hunter McGrady.
The 23-year-old model recently made her debut in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and was dubbed the “curviest model ever” to grace the glossy, according to Elite Daily, but it’s not just her stunningly gorgeous photos that are making headlines. It’s her message of body acceptance that is making a splash.
After beginning her modeling career at age 16, McGrady was initially unable to make her way as a smaller-sized model, she told Elite Daily, and was met with rejection after showing up to a photo shoot — as a size 4 — and being turned away because of her size.
But past stumbling blocks didn’t hold her back: not only did McGrady land a spot in this year’s SI swimsuit edition, she also was named one of the issue’s Rookies of the Year, according to Elite Daily — a feat she achieved after modeling a painted-on swimsuit.
“I didn’t feel like I was naked at all. But I was 100 percent naked. You have to own it,” she told Yahoo Style.
And own it she did. The best part is that she’s inspiring other women to own their bodies just the same.
“I want women to pick up what is the considered the sexiest magazine issue and feel inspired,” she said, according to Yahoo Style. “There’s someone in it who looks like them, who isn’t the traditional model they see. Every body type is beautiful.”
Amen to that.