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."
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.