There has been a call in recent years for more diversity and acceptance in the the modeling world, and Sports Illustrated is finally listening. The magazine's annual swimsuit issue has been around since 1964, and the 2015 issue will feature an ad of a plus-size model for the first time.
"Tastes and body types change over time and curves have never been more 'in.' There is no better way to celebrate and show off than by donning a bikini," Moshe Laniado, CEO & President of Swim Suits for All, said in a press release. "When the #CurvesInBikinis ad in Sports Illustrated is released, the world will be watching and they'll like what they see."
"I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too," Graham said of her ad.
The internet's reaction was almost immediate, coming out in support of Sports Illustrated's choice to run the ad, and curvy women everywhere.
And they weren't the only ones. Graham has been consistently outspoken about the need for more body-diversity in Hollywood and the media, and will now help pave the way for all body types in the future.
Net-a-Porter's online magazine,The Edit, featured the model where she spoke out about the way plus-size women are treated.
"It doesn't matter if you're a size two or a 22; you can be healthy as long as you're taking care of your body," she wrote.
Amen to that. Perhaps next time, a plus-size model will be a worthy of a center-fold.