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.
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.
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