Model walks SI Swim red carpet while breastfeeding

Walking in a fashion show is a big deal for any model, but for one, it was statement-making moment.

According to Glamour, model Mara Martin was one of 16 finalists chosen to participate in a Sports Illustrated swimwear fashion show during Miami Swim Week, and when she graced the catwalk, she did so while breastfeeding her 5-month-old son.

Wearing a gold one-shouldered bikini for her trip down the runwayGlamour says she toted her diaper-clad son in her arms while he was sporting noise-cancelling headphones.

Martin later took to Instagram to share the reaction she’s received to her groundbreaking runway appearance, posting a screenshot of a Daily Mail article and writing that the whole experience has been “amazing.”

“Words can’t even describe how amazing I feel after being picked to walk the runway for @si_swimsuit,” she wrote, according to Glamour. “Anyone who knows me, knows it has been a life long dream of mine. I can’t believe I am waking up to headlines with me and my daughter in them for doing something I do every day. It is truly so humbling and unreal to say the least. I’m so grateful to be able to share this message and hopefully normalize breastfeeding and also show others that women CAN DO IT ALL!”

 

McGrady debuts new swim collection

If affordable, size-inclusive swimwear has been at the top of your shopping list for a while, a new line is waiting in the wings (or waves?) to deliver all of that and more.

According to Glamour, model now-known for her feature in Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit issue Hunter McGrady has just designed and launched her own swimsuit collection that keeps size, style and price in mind. Collaborating with U.K. swim and lingerie brand Playful PromisesGlamour says the 10-piece capsule collection was born of the model’s own desire to find trendy, yet size-inclusive swimsuits.

“I’ve never been able to walk in somewhere and absolutely love every single piece,” McGrady told Glamour. “I feel like that’s such a big misconception: that because we have a bigger, curvier body, we should be covered up. I wanted to be sexy and I wanted to feel like I could go out and wear what my size 2, 4, 6, 8 girlfriends were wearing.”

Thus, McGrady’s collection features silhouettes ranging from off-the-shoulder bikinis to cut-out one-pieces and comes in a size range of 12 to 20, says Glamour, even making sure for there to be healthy selection of styles to suite a variety of tastes. Did we also mention that all styles are priced under $75?

Also adding to the collection’s uniqueness is that each piece was fitted on a range of curvy models to ensure the best fit possible on diverse body sizes, reports Glamour, not to mention that they come with features like a powered mesh front-lining on one pieces and a sew-in shelf for comfortable bust support.

With a host swimsuits sure to make wearers of all sizes comfortable in their own skin, McGrady told Glamour that she is ready to see how her swim styles change the swim game for women this summer and beyond:

“I have so many beautiful women in my life who are a size 14 and above who are strong and empowering and wonderful women, who own their bodies and who are sexy,” she said. “And you know what? I want to see a beach full of size 14, 16, 18, 20 and above running around [in this collection]. We should be embracing our beautiful bodies as they are.”

Ready to shop the line? Click here.

Wasley injects body diversity to ‘SI Swim’

The words “body diversity” were never really associated with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, but thanks to increased efforts to portray all kinds of beauty, things are beginning to change.

Adding even more body diversity to this year’s edition is model Kate Wasley, a body-positivity advocate who, along with her friend and fellow model Georgia Gibbs, created the Any BODY movement to equally celebrate women of all sizes, according to PopSugar. 23-year-old Wasley is known just as much for her curves as she is for her sense of humor — and truth bombs — about beauty, says PopSugar, including her gem on bikini bodies:

“Got a bikini? Got a body? You got yourself that bikini body.”

Both Wasley and Gibbs will make their SI Swim debut when the magazine drops next month, says PopSugar, offering a double-dose of inspiring body positivity and diversity.

‘SI Swimsuit’ models rep body positivity

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 PopSugarGeorgia 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.

 

 

‘SI’ makes swimwear for all

Sports Illustrated is making a splash, and this time, it’s not for their swimsuit edition.

According to Today, the magazine recently unveiled a brand-new swim and activewear collection at Miami Swim Week, and the line is already earning rave reviews for its body inclusivity and stylish designs. The collection, called Sports Illustrated Swim and Active, spans a variety of styles, Today says, including “sexy, high-waisted bikinis, metallic one-pieces and floral designs, which several curvy models rocked on the runway in Miami.”

With models of all shapes and sizes walking pieces of the line down the runway, Today reports that many in attendance weren’t expecting such a body-positive display.

“You could hear the roar of the applause as they walked down the runway,” MJ Day, the editor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, told Today. “One girl came up to me after. She was a blogger, and she had just recently lost 100 pounds, and her eyes welled up. She just was like … ‘I couldn’t leave without thanking you and telling you how much this means to me.'”

What’s more is that these models have the chance to be featured in SI‘s swimsuit edition, says Today, as they were chosen from an open casting call in May and are currently competing for a chance to leave their mark on the magazine, which comes out in February.

Check out the new swimwear line and its body-positive models here.

McGrady takes Sports Illustrated by storm

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.

‘SI Swim’ editor celebrates body diversity

The latest issue of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition has been billed as “the most inclusive ever,” according to editor MJ Day, featuring women of all ages, sizes and ethnicities. But now, the editor is taking things one step further by getting in on the action herself.

According to ELLE, Day posted a video to the “Women IRL” Instagram account, donning a black bikini and posing with her 2-year-old son on her hip, all in an effort to “kick off a campaign to celebrate all body types.”

Designed to get followers to “pose in their own swimsuits and explain the traits and aspirations they ‘model’ to others,” ELLE says that Day explained in her post that the initiative is all about celebrating the things that make us inherently beautiful.

“I’m determined to get out the message that there’s not a singular definition of beauty,” she said in the video, adding in her caption when she shared the post on her own Instagram account that we “need to love ourselves in the present. No matter what.”

SI’s swimsuit issue debuts nonmodels

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is filled each year with bikini-clad models and nearly nude beach goddesses, but this year, the issue features women who look a little different — in fact, they look just like us.

While model Ashley Graham takes centerstage in an ad for Swimsuits for All — with whom she has swimsuit collaboration — PopSugar says the model brought along a few women who aren’t models to help show off the sexy swimwear.

This marks the “first time that Sports Illustrated has featured everyday ladies living it up in their bikinis and one-pieces, no contract or fashion resume required,” PopSugar reports.

Representing women both old and young of varying sizes, the ad campaign — called “Every Body, Every Age, Every Beautiful” — highlights the natural beauty that can only come from a diverse group of women. Photographed in San Juan , Puerto Rico with local women, Graham told Harper’s Bazaar that the campaign not only captures “the essence of the city’s culture,” it also brings body positivity to the fore.

“SI Swim, Swimsuits For All and I all share the same mission to celebrate the female body and empower women to feel good in their own skin. That’s why it was important to debut the “Every Body, Every Age, Every Beautiful” ad in the issue again this year and show even more diverse women.”

To check out the photos from Graham’s Swimsuits for All campaign, click here.

Raisman scores perfect 10 in ‘SI Swimsuit’ photos

It’s no surprise that U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman slayed on the world stage during the 2016 Summer Olympics — however, Raisman brought the heat yet again when she posed for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition.

Posed in a black swimsuit, Yahoo says the 22-year-old gymnast felt empowered by the photos and the experience in general.

“I loved the photo shoot. It was such an empowering feeling to be so confident and happy with the way I looked,” she told Yahoo. “I work so hard for the body that I have and believe that all women should embrace how beautiful they are, no matter their body type.”

While Raisman seems to have the the self-confidence thing down, she shared that the key loving herself is pure happiness.

“When I’m happy, it doesn’t matter what other people think. What matters is that you look at yourself in the mirror and are happy with who you are as a person,” she told Yahoo. “If you’re a kind person, that’s far more important than being a certain size or number on the scale.”

We give that advice a perfect 10.

SI is Covered in Beauty

Last week, it was announced that size-16 model Ashley Graham would be featured in Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue in ads for Swimsuits for All, a company that designs flattering swimwear for all body shapes. However, Graham is appearing in more than just ads for the magazine.

According to CNNSports Illustrated is making history this year by launching three covers of the issue for the first time in 52 years. The three covergirls include Graham, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and model Hailey Clauson.

The magazine’s Assistant Managing Editor MJ Day spoke on the decision to feature three different women on this year’s cover. “All three women are beautiful, sexy and strong. Beauty is not cookie cutter. Beauty is not ‘one size fits all,'” Day explained.

Describing Graham’s confidence as “contagious,” Day had equally encouraging things to say about Clauson and Rousey, calling the former “smart” and a “cool girl,” while describing the latter as “the perfect combination of beauty, brains, brawn and humility.”

Graham told People that she credits Day for her appearance on one of the covers, who came to her with tears in her eyes explaining to Graham that her cover was going to make history.

“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.”

Set to be released on Monday, Feb. 15, Graham said her cover isn’t a victory for herself, but one for all women.

“I want to dedicate it to all of the women out there who never felt that they were beautiful enough, who never felt like they were skinny enough, and who never felt like they were going to be able to be represented in society like this,” Graham said. “Because now we’re being represented.”

Thank you, Ashley Graham, Ronda Rousey, Hailey Clauson and Sports Illustrated, for showing us that beauty is not ‘one size fits all.’