Curvy Ashley Graham is the first ever plus size model to feature in Sports Illustrated’s iconic Swimsuit issue.
The size 16 beauty stars in a stunning photo campaign for swimsuitsforall, an online swimsuit retailer, which will make history as the first plus size ad to be selected by SI for the famous annual issue first published 50 years ago.
Editors of the magazine — due out on February 9 — decided the 27-year-old from Lincoln, Nebraska, clearly has what it takes to match up with supermodels like Kate Upton, Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell who have graced the prestigious Swimsuit issue through the years.
And Ashley has absolutely nothing to hide — she casts off her bikini top to bare all in a smouldering video released as part of the campaign.
She made headlines last month when she blasted the media for labeling actress Jennifer Lawrence as “curvy.” The model, who has appeared in Elle, Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar, insisted the Hunger Games star is “tiny.”
“I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too. There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt,” Ashley said in a statement about the campaign. “The world is ready for more curves in bikinis. I am so thrilled to be a part of the #CurvesinBikinis campaign!”