Sports Illustrated's 2018 swimsuit issue gets naked...and political


Surf’s up for the Sports Illustrated 2018 Swimsuit issue, but this time around, it looks a little different.

While the Swimsuit Issue is typically a full-throttled celebration of the male gaze, editor M.J. Day says she and her team decided to make this one different, even before the #MeToo movement exploded.

  • This issue features nude images for the first time ever, with the models choosing words to be painted on their bodies in lieu of clothing.
  • "These women had complete creative control over the shoot," M.J. Day, editor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, told ABC News. "Every participant was able to choose their own words, choose where on their bodies they went, and then how they were photographed and the positions they did."
  • Good Morning America featured a first look at the images. The feature, dubbed “In Her Own Words,” features shots of veteran model Paulina Porizkova, newbie Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Aussie sensation Robyn Lawley.
  • Porizkova wrote "truth" on her side, and Brinkley-Cook wrote "artist" on her body, among other words. Lawley chose to write the word "mother" across her chest and "nurturer" down her arm.
  • The issue will also include more features with athletes, articles from models and messages of empowerment. One model’s T-shirt reads “Own It.”
  • But yes, there will still be plenty of shots of sandy beaches. This cover, like 20 other previous covers, was shot in the Caribbean.


Read the Full Story: and see more photos HERE.  

The new issue of Sports Illustrated comes out next week.

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