Model Ashley Graham is the most successful plus-sized model in the game right now, bringing a message of body positivity to millions of people and positive publicity to any brand she's associated with—which now includes Sports Illustrated, as they've made Graham an official "rookie" Swimsuit Issue model.
It's official - I'm a @si_swimsuit model!! This is a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who stood up for curves- our voices were heard and together you can help me win Rookie of the Year. Stay tuned for voting instructions #beautybeyondsize #siswim
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Although this is Graham's first official year as a Swimsuit Issue "rookie," she did appear in the magazine last year in an ad, as well as this sexy video, both of which landed SI massive publicity even though she wasn't officially a model.
This was the cover last year, just so you're clear on what the normal SI model is: