In the past, the words “body positivity” were the last to be associated with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. But this year, two models and real-life BFFs are giving us major the body positivity inspiration.
According to PopSugar, Georgia Gibbs and Kate Wasley were recently selected as the magazine’s newest swim rookies, giving them the chance to shine in the glossy’s forthcoming issue. The magazine shared the news on their Instagram account says PopSugar, wearing matching lace swimsuits set against the azure blue waters of Aruba.
The friends are also the founders of the Any.BODY, says SI, a project that aims to promote body positivity and empowerment and stems from their own experiences in being called either anorexic or overweight. Wasley explained the project to SI this way:
“It’s for anyone that’s ever felt insecure because they’re ‘too thin,’ or ‘too fat,’ have rolls, scars, cellulite or stretch marks…It’s for anyone that’s ever been told they would be beautiful if they only lost weight.”
With the model-friend duo earning spots as the magazine’s latest swim rookies — not to mention being featured side-by-side in photos — PopSugar makes the case that this “will surely show readers that there’s a place for every type of woman in the magazine.”
We couldn’t agree more.