Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue includes size 16 model

Ashley Graham, a 16 model, in an advertisement that will be shown in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. (Courtesy Swimsuits for All)

(MEDIA GENERAL) – Despite all the headlines you’ve seen, size 16 model Ashley Graham isn’t exactly a part of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. But if you’re paging through the magazine, you may never know the difference.

Graham is a plus-size model working for Swimsuits for All, an all-sizes inclusive swimwear company. Graham’s photo shoot reads like it’s part of the issue. Readers paging through the magazine may assume it is.

After all, Sports Illustrated is using model Robyn Lawley as one of its models. Lawley is a size 12, also considered plus-size in the modeling industry. The average American woman wears a size 14.

On her Instagram page, Graham couldn’t contain her excitement:

“Secret’s out!! So honored to be the face of #CurvesInBikinis for @swimsuitsforall! Can’t wait for the ad’s debut in the @SI_Swimsuit issue!” she wrote.

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