Sports Illustrated has revealed not one, but three covers for its infamous Swimsuit Issue.
For the first time in the Swimsuit Issue’s 52-year run, three cover stars – model Hailey Clauson, plus-size model Ashley Graham and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey – were chosen to appear on three separate covers for the 2016 issue.
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Representing different shapes and body types, the magazine called the trio the “new SI Swimsuit”:
“All three women are beautiful, sexy and strong. Beauty is not cookie cutter. Beauty is not ‘one size fits all.’ Beauty is all around us and that became especially obvious to me while shooting and editing this year’s issue.”
Clauson, Graham and Rousey, join Swimsuit veterans like Chrissy Teigan and Irina Shayk, along with newbies like Gigi Hadid.
So excited to announce my 7th appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition – I had to count that a million times before I believed it! My @si_swimsuit family, I love you! There is nothing like being a part of this brand and this issue. My shoot was in beautiful Zanzibar and shot by the incomparable @ruvenafanador, who is just as wonderful, kind, serene and lovely as everyone has ever told me. He thinks about every little aspect of a photo, every detail. HMU by @peterbutlerhair and @joannegair I LOVE you and am so lucky you allow me to be in your chairs! @mj_day and @darciebaum and @ja_neyney @hillarydrezner and @karencarpk – you are my family. I am proud to be in the issue but SO proud of all the work you guys put into this every single year. I just love you all. Jesus this is dramatic I know! And to all my fellow @si_swimsuit girls, congrats on a beautiful issue!!! I will see you this week in MIAMI!!!! I can’t wait to kiss all your beautiful faces!
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The 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hit newsstands today.