Sports Illustrated is full-force jumping on the body positive bandwagon, and we're so here for it: After including plus-size models Ashley Graham and Robyn Lawley in last year's Swimsuit Issue, the mag has named its newest, curviest rookie ever, Hunter McGrady.
For the shoot, McGrady wore nothing but a couple layers of paint — she's sprawled on the sand in a tie-dye monokini that was literally painted on her oiled-up figure. And she looks great!
"This is a surreal moment for me," McGrady wrote in an Instagram caption on Wednesday. "You guys, I have been bursting to tell you all about this! I want to thank… everyone at @si_swimsuit for promoting that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Beauty is not a number. It has no limits. I have never felt sexier than I did in this shoot."
McGrady then went on to say that this is not only a win for her as a model and professional, but also for any lady who has ever felt insecure about herself.
"Women, for anyone who has ever felt uncomfortable or insecure because of rolls, or stretch marks, or cellulite, or acne, or felt like you didn't measure up because you weren't represented in the magazines — THIS IS FOR YOU!" she wrote. "You are beautiful. You are STRONG. You are powerful, and together we need to lift each other up and inspire one another. there's too much going on [in] this world to let each other fall by the [way]side. … We did it!"
Sports Illustrated also included three other curvy models among the pages of this year's new Swimsuit issue, which is on newsstands now: Ashley Graham, Robyn Lawley, and another newcomer, Myla Dalbesio, are all featured.