Plus-Size Model Ashley Graham's Ad Will Appear in Sports Illustrated Swim Issue

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If Kate Upton's Sports Illustrated cracked the mold when it comes to the sample-sized models who typically land near-naked magazine covers, Ashley Graham is about to shatter it. When the magazine’s annual swimsuit issue hits newsstands on Feb. 9, look for the plus-size model in its pages. The 26-year-old will be featured in an ad for swimsuitsforall, marking the first time SI will incorporate a campaign for plus-size swimwear.

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

Coming in at a size 16, Graham certainly stands out from the Marissa Millers, Bar Rafaelis, and Brooklyn Deckers. Her abs aren’t so defined that you can see six of them, she has boobs bigger than a B, and thighs that definitely don’t have a gap between them. Upton made a splash because her body’s dimensions wouldn’t be seen on a high-fashion runway, but they’re still not representative of a larger population of women — she’s an anomaly. The average American woman wears a size 14, much closer to Graham than Upton.

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