Sports Illustrated Debuts Curviest Model Yet, Belly Rolls and All

For women with some extra meat on their bones, choosing the right swimsuit can come down to which one hides your troublesome areas the best. But this summer, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition and its latest curvy model, Hunter McGrady, want you to stop hiding and start showcasing the things that make you feel the most insecure about your body.

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McGrady, one of the winners of the SI model search, appears in the issue in a body paint one-piece. She took to Instagram to celebrate her inclusion in the latest issue, and as her SI photos show, she’s not hiding her belly and neither should you.

She writes: “Women, for anyone who has ever felt uncomfortable or insecure because of rolls, or stretch marks, or cellulite, or acne, or felt like you didn't measure up because you weren't represented in the magazines—THIS IS FOR YOU! You are beautiful. You are STRONG. You are powerful and together we need to lift each other up and inspire one another.”

After choosing Ashley Graham for one of its three covers last year, Sports Illustrated continues to celebrate the beauty of body diversity. Even more remarkable is its commitment to including women of all sizes without whittling away at the features that make them uniquely beautiful. For this issue, they send a powerful message by not photoshopping or strategically hiding the love handles or extra fat that spills out of McGrady’s painted-on suit. It’s a win for curvy women everywhere, and something to keep in mind when shopping for your summer suit. Stop hiding your beautiful bodies—even the parts that jiggle. 

  • Rose
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    I am a big, curvaceous woman too, at 6'1" and 255 lbs. I have always been tall, but over the years my body has ranged in sizes from 12 to 22. So I have been at both ends of the spectrum. Hunter McGrady is certainly a gorgeous woman. I am happy to see "body diversity" has come to mainstream media. Next, I would like to see welcome in the media "facial diversity" for women. Men in the media can be just as funny looking as they come (e.g. Walter Matthau, Steve Buscemi, and Jim Buleshi come to mind.) But the standards for beauty have always been much higher for women. This should not be so.

  • Ariana
    Posted on

    Same here Rosa! I could definitely be a model! I am a size 4 (and only 5"4( which is pretty small, but not a size 00 like most models are!! I think this is a great thing that they have done!!

  • Rosa
    Posted on

    Beautiful, just beautiful, she makes me feel like I could be a model too.

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