plus models

Left to right: Jessica Milagros, Alex Larosa, Halle Stanley

Sports Illustrated has come a long way in a year. Plus models have gone from being in ads within their Swim Issue’s pages to now gracing the cover. And the mainstream is taking notice.

Former SI model and actress Molly Sims told People this week how she felt about seeing a plus model on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2016 Swim Issue and Cheryl Tiegs’ negative comments about that historic move:

“I think it’s great. I think we need to be more accepting [of all sizes]. I think the moment we do that, the better it is.

Plus-size, thin-size, 0-size, 20-size – yes, there is a point [when someone is unhealthy], but I know overweight people who are healthy. I don’t love that comment. But to each his own.

If you feel great in a size 20 or you feel great in a size 2 or 4 or 6 or whatever, it’s about how you feel about it.”

Amen to that! We hope this is just the beginning of Sports Illustrated introducing more size diversity onto its pages. With that said, we have our own list of 18 models we think would be perfect on the next cover… click on the right arrow to start the slideshow…

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