Sports Illustrated has seen some significant departures from their usual conventions in the latest issue. The changes are rather apparent and have received widespread support. Instead of photoshopping the images of their models, which is the usual practice of magazines, they have opted to use photos that haven’t been touched up.
This change is something we can all get behind. In a world where ‘perfection’ implies hiding and/or changing a part of yourself, it’s refreshing to see a publication subvert these conventions. You may have already heard of Genie Bouchard, who recently shared her father’s sweet reaction to a sizzling photoshoot she took for the magazine.
Still more recently, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman shared a photograph from her own photo shoot for the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated on her Instagram account. She included this powerful message: “Women do not have to be modest to be respected– Live for you! Everyone should feel comfortable expressing themselves, however, makes them happy…”
She added: “Women can be intelligent, fierce, sexy, powerful, strong, advocate for change while wearing what makes them feel best. The time where women are taught to be ashamed of their bodies is OVER. The female body is beautiful and we should all be proud of who we are, inside and out. Thank you so much @si_swimsuit@mj_day @darciebaum @ja_neyney@taylorbphoto & the rest of the team.”
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