Meet Ashley Graham, the First Plus-Size Model to Be Featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

02/04/2015 at 01:41 PM ET

Joining the ranks of supermodels Kate Upton, Heidi Klum and Chanel Iman, Ashley Graham will now grace the famous pages of Sports Illustrated‘s iconic Swimsuit Issue — and she’s making history.

Ashley Graham plus-size modelCoutesy Swimsuits For All

Graham will be featured wearing a sexy, black string bikini in the newest Swimsuits For All (a widely popular swimwear shopping site) ad campaign, called #CurvesinBikinis, which will run in the magazine, out February 9. And it marks the first time Sports Illustrated has ever featured a plus-size model.

“I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too,” Graham said in a statement. “There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt. The world is ready for more curves in bikinis. Swimsuits For All helps women feel confident and sexy in swimsuits, and I am so thrilled to be a part of the #CurvesinBikinis campaign!”

Bikini Babes: The Sexiest Star Swimwear!

This isn’t the first time Swimsuits For All has celebrated curvy women’s bodies. Last year, the swimwear shopping destination tapped plus-size models Robyn Lawley, Jada Sezer, Shareefa J and blogger Gabi Gregg for their take on the SI’s three-model 2014 cover, featuring Lily Aldridge, Chrissy Teigen and Nina Agdal.

And with all the hype surrounding the new #CurvesinBikinis campaigns, we hope to see more women embracing their natural bodies in national magazines in the future — and not just in ads. Maybe even a plus-size Sports Illustrated cover model in 2016? Watch the Graham’s sexy commercial below. What do you think of the new campaign? Share your thoughts below.

–Sarah Kinonen

FILED UNDER: Models , Swimwear
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J on

She’s beautiful!!!

Mias mom on

My heart sings!! Gorgeous!!😍😍😍😍

Suzanne on

She’s really pretty and looks amazing in that bathing suit. Good for her, you go girl!!

Shazam on

Ummmm……..she’s plus size?????

T on

She looks amazing and I had no idea that this was considered “plus sized” now! I think she’s beautiful! Although I don’t understand why they put her in such a small bikini top……..

yahoo on

I agree. The small bikini top is making her look as if she had to be squeezed into the suit. It’s a two piece and adjustable, which means you can adjust the sizes to fit your body type. It really wasn’t done that way here I’m afraid.

Bill on

How PC. When will a model be featured that isn’t considered pretty? Or is that taking this chareade too far?

Bill on

Plus size by Hollywood standards. But you minions go ahead and rejoice over it. And please avoid using “amazing”.

iloveutly on

way to go SI!!!

Gretchen on

Shazam, plus size does not mean obese. “Plus size” should refer to larger without being size 20+.

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