5 More Stunning Photos of 'Sports Illustrated' Cover Girl Ashley Graham

Graham is the ultimate role model for body positivity and beauty.

It was a big deal when body positive model Ashley Graham was featured in an advertisement in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue last year. This year, she's a cover girl!

Graham, 28, is featured on one of three 2016 covers and is helping break the idea that there's only one body type for a Sports Illustrated model: incredibly thin.

Just look at how gorgeous she is:

Graham told People: “I thought Sports Illustrated was taking a risk by putting a girl my size in the pages. But putting me on the cover? They aren’t just breaking barriers. They are the standard now. This is beyond epic.”

In a previous Instagram bikini shot, Graham, who calls herself a body activist, also thanked her fans and followers: "This is a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who stood up for curves."

5 More Stunning Photos of 'Sports Illustrated' Cover Girl Ashley Graham
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This is a huge victory for inclusivity, but by no means Graham's first foray into helping shift beauty ideals in the media and beyond.

She modeled lingerie at New York Fashion Week last September, truly proving that sexy comes in every size.

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She was also named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 earlier this year.

5 More Stunning Photos of 'Sports Illustrated' Cover Girl Ashley Graham
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And Graham also gave a TEDx Talk last year about becoming her own role model. It's incredibly inspiring:

Hopefully her gorgeous snapshots will inspire you to love your own body more, too:

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The Director of Editorial Operations at Livingly Media and lover of all things sprinkles.
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