When the news broke today that plus size model Hunter McGrady is featured in a spread in Sports Illustrated’s 2017 Swim Issue, all of us at the PMM office yelled out a resounding “YESSSSSSSS!”

This is a surreal moment for me. You guys I have been bursting to tell you all about this! I want to thank @MJ_Day for an opportunity like this to do the SI model search and for being a force in this industry and 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. Thank you to @joannegair and team @therealmarissajade and @trendytribals for working your magic on my body. These women painted this suit for 12 hours and I never wanted to take it off. 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! You are beautiful. You are STRONG. You are powerful and together we need to lift eachother up and inspire one another. There's too much going on on this world to let eachother fall by the wayside. Shot by another incredible woman- @josie_clough amazing sexy beach hair by @adammaclay thank you to my agents @uralucky1 @marissamuscari @ginabaronedirectorofficial @jaimegoldberg_ @wilhelminamodels for being such hard working and dedicated team! We did it ! 😜 #breakingboundaries #siswim

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If McGrady looks familiar to you, it may be because frankly, she has been seen everywhere and is not new to the curvy scene. She’s a regular model on the SLINK Jeans website and you may have seen on various retailer’s websites, serving up curves for days.

The Wilhelmina signed model oozes confidence but always remains humble and appreciative of all the success that has come her way.

So that should tell you why we are so happy to see her in Sports Illustrated, continuing this curvy revolution that is happening right now in the modeling industry.

That suit she is wearing above for Sports Illustrated is made from body paint. Yes, you read right. The suit is painted ON HER. And she looks amazing!SWIM168_TK1_00547_rawWMFinal1920

McGrady knows what a big deal this is to women everywhere — she said this on Instagram:

“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! You are beautiful. You are STRONG.”

That's a wrap on the first shoot day in Anguilla with @Swimsuitsforall #summerofyou

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Congrats Hunter! You can see more photos from her spread here on the Sports Illustrated website.

Images: Instagram/Sports Illustrated