Barbara Palvin is announced as the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Rookie of the Year

Nearly four months after making her debut in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s 2016 edition, Hungarian model Barbara Palvin has been officially voted as the 2016 SI Swimsuit Rookie of the Year. Fans voted for the brunette stunner in droves in an online poll featuring tough competition from Ashley Graham, Sofia Resing, Tanya Mityushina and Bo Krsmanovic.

The news was announced with a short video clip where Barbara received a video message from Karl-Anthony Towns, the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. So who else holds the ROTY title? Names you might be familiar with like Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen, Sara Sampaio and Kelly Rohrbach. Check out images of Barbara in SI Swimsuit below and watch the video.

2016 SI Swimsuit Rookie of the Year Barbara Palvin models orange bikini look

2016 SI Swimsuit Rookie of the Year Barbara Palvin flaunts her curves in a colorful monokini look

2016 SI Swimsuit Rookie of the Year Barbara Palvin models black one-piece swimsuit with her name

2016 SI Swimsuit Rookie of the Year Barbara Palvin wears yellow bikini top

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For the first time in the 52-year, bikini-clad history of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, three cover stars front the 2016 edition on three separate covers: Hailey Clauson, Ashley Graham and Ronda Rousey. As announced on a TBS special late on Saturday night, the trio represents what the magazine calls the “new SI Swimsuit.”

“All three women are beautiful, sexy and strong,” said Assistant Managing Editor MJ Day. “Beauty is not cookie cutter. Beauty is not ‘one size fits all.’ Beauty is all around us, and that became especially obvious to me while shooting and editing this year’s issue.”

If there’s one cover star having a standout season, it’s Graham — recently named a Swimsuit Issue rookie — who will be just the second plus-size model the magazine has ever featured. “This is for all the women who didn’t think they were beautiful because of their size,” said Graham moments after her cover was revealed. “This is for them.”

The 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hits newsstands this Monday, Feb. 15.

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Jasmine Sanders named 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie of the Year

Congratulations are in order for Jasmine Sanders.

The 28-year-old model also known as “Golden Barbie” has been named the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie of the Year after appearing in the May issue of the print magazine.

According to a press release from the publication, the honor is chosen “based on a combination of popular vote, editor’s choice and an evaluation of proven history as an SI Swimsuit brand ambassador.”

Sanders shared an exuberant Instagram post upon learning she’d snagged the title, writing, “This post is for all of the people that were there for me these past 15 years! We did it!!”

Jasmine Sanders in the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit IssueJames Macari/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.

Sanders earned the top spot in a class of formidable rookies; Winnie Harlow, Halima Aden and Rob Gronkowski’s girlfriend Camille Kostek were also featured in this year’s issue, as well as Haley Kalil, Kelsey Merritt, Olivia Brower and Tara Lynn.

Tyra Banks fronted the issue in a tiny yellow bikini, 25 years after making history as the first black woman to be featured solo on the cover of the magazine.

Sanders first found out that she would grace the pages of the swimsuit issue in November, shortly after learning she was passed over for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. “I’m so excited to be part of the Sports Illustrated family!” Sanders said at the time. “I love that they celebrate all types of women with different body types from different backgrounds.”

She has been featured in Vogue, Allure, GQ and more, and walked the runway for brands including Moschino and Philipp Plein.

Ashley Graham Is a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie of 2016

In advance of the Sports Illustrated 2016 swimsuit issue release next week, the brand has just announced model Ashley Graham as their second rookie of the year. (Barbara Palvin was announced yesterday, and three more rookies will be revealed in the coming days.)

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Robyn Lawley took the honor last year as a 2015 rookie of the year-making history as the ‘first-plus-sized’ model to appear in Sport’s Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. It was last year’s swimsuit issue that also marked Graham’s first SI appearance, in a headline-garnering ad for Swimsuits for All’s #CurvesinBikinis campaign-the first time a plus-size ad ran in the magazine. (Read our interview with Graham to find out why she has a problem with that whole ‘plus-size’ label.)

The body positive activist has continued to break down barriers in the modeling industry with her Ted Talk, “Plus-Size? More Like My Size” and through her various partnerships with brands that embrace women of all sizes, including NYDJ’s “Fit to Be” campaign and Lane Bryant’s #PlusIsEqual. And now, bringing everything full circle, Lane Bryant has announced that their just-launched campaign, #ThisBody-celebrating women’s curvier bodies and shutting down the notion that ‘sexy comes in one small form’-will debut their ads in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

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Kudos to Graham for continuing to shut down antiquated ideals of what it means to be a model. And to paraphrase her own words, we can’t wait for the day when curvy models appearing in the pages of Sports Illustrated is so common, we can’t even keep up with it. (Next up: 12 Times Ashley Graham Showed Us What Fitspo Was Really About).

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The Ashley Graham Sports Illustrated Cover – Thoughts?

By Calynn M. Lawrence

Ashley Graham is a plus sized model who has made history by becoming the first plus sized model to land the cover of a Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit edition. She is quite beautiful and looks to be in pretty great shape despite her larger dress size! Although we definitely give our props to her, this has stirred up quite a frenzy from the public with a mix of opinions on her success! This article is going to give you just a few inside looks on the thoughts of the public after a survey was conducted amongst ten women and men to get their opinions. Names have been changed for privacy.

Nancy, a working plus sized model, feels that Ashley Graham is the cookie cutter of the plus size modeling industry and that it is expected for someone like her to be the model to make history. She says “ I am a working plus size model. I can relate strongly to Ashley because I also wear a size 16. But, I do not feel that she is entirely worthy of my awe. She is what we consider, “the prototype” of plus size modeling. Yeah, she wears a larger size but look at her body. There is very little about it that screams ‘REAL woman!’ In fact, I look at her and think ‘Kim Kardashian.’ It is quite nice to be able to say that you have a wash board stomach and relatively little cellulite, but I would have appreciated it much more if they picked someone who actually represented the majority of us curvy women. We have rolls and cellulite and stretch marks. These are all things that she lacks. So, I think that she gets one thumb up but certainly not two.”

Mike, a fitness junkie, feels that Ashley is absolutely perfect for the cover and that he could not be happier with their choice. He says the following, “I think that Ashley Graham is sexy as ever and she definitely gets my stamp of approval. I get why people are upset, because of the color of her skin and because of the fact that she has an unrealistically slash uncommonly fit curvy physique. You know, ethnic women seem to be more opposed because they feel that they pioneered the full figured look and that they should be the ones to receive the glory. This is kind of understandable seeing as how you see many more ethnic women with a real deal hourglass like the model than you do non ethnic women. It’s their signature, what they are known for, their curves. But at the end of the day, you have this model Ashley who is everything that a man would want. She’s got a coke bottle shape, long silky hair, light eyes and a gorgeous face! I have no problems with her. I think the internet needs to chill and let her be.”

Lorena, a budding fashion designer, feels that Ashley is an inspiration to her and many other girls that she knows. She says “ I am a young plus sized girl who is addicted to fashion. I used to want to be a model but realized that it probably was not the career for me. Yet, even as a fashion designer I still see the struggles of being plus sized. Because, as a designer you have to be your own walking bill board and wear your works. And, sometimes if you aren’t a sample size, no matter how awesome your design is, people don’t perceive it to be as beautiful as they would if it were hanging on a size 4 frame. Thus, by someone like Ashley Graham landing that cover, it gave me hope and inspiration to continue loving my curves and accepting the fact that I am every bit of a woman.”

So, as you can see, there are a few different takes on Ashley Graham’s landing the cover of Sport’s Illustrated. No matter what the critics say, though, she should be completely proud of her accomplishments and should drown out any hate that she gets. Good job, Ashley!

Ashley Graham Is Officially A Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model

Congratulations to Ashley Graham! The plus-sized model is officially a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.

On Tuesday, SI announced Ashley as one of their 2016 SI Swimsuit Rookies:

Ashley, a native of Lincoln, NE, started her career at the age of 12, when she was discovered while shopping at her local mall in Omaha. Since then, she’s gone on to do everything from editorial to runway to catalog, and is best known for her work as a lingerie model for retailer Lane Bryant. In 2013, she also partnered with Canadian brand Addition Elle to develop her own lingerie line, and has branded herself over the years as an advocate for beauty of all shapes and sizes.

Ashley Graham took to social media to share her exciting news and a peek at her swimsuit photo.

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It’s official – I’m a @si_swimsuit model!! This is a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who stood up for curves- our voices were heard and together you can help me win Rookie of the Year. Stay tuned for voting instructions #beautybeyondsize #siswim

A post shared by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@ashleygraham) on Feb 9, 2016 at 7:33am PST

You go girl!

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Truly speechless!!! This cover is for every woman who felt like she wasn’t beautiful enough because of her size. You can do and achieve anything you put your mind to. Thank you so much to the entire @si_swimsuit team! I’m so excited to be a part of your family. I love you all!!! #siswim #beautybeyondsize

A post shared by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@ashleygraham) on Feb 13, 2016 at 9:05pm PST

Sports Illustrated is making history by choosing three different women for individual covers of its annual swimsuit issue—Ashley Graham, Ronda Rousey, and Hailey Clawson—and also by steering toward more body-positive beauty ideals.

“Truly speechless!!! This cover is for every woman who felt like she wasn’t beautiful enough because of her size. You can do and achieve anything you put your mind to,” Graham wrote on Instagram, along with a snap of the cover.

“She’s a champion for all women,” said SI‘s Assistant Managing Editor MJ Day. “There’s no denying that Ashley Graham brings something different to the table. It’s exciting to meet someone who can totally handle this moment, take it, and amplify it, all because of who she is and how she celebrates herself.”

Apart from appearing in various campaigns and on the pages of magazines, Graham’s a dedicated activist when it comes to issues around body images. She’s a founding member of ALDA, a collaborative of models whose goal is to empower women and change the perception of beauty. She also juggles her career with public speaking gigs at high schools, talking with teens about body image.

Australian curvy model Kate Wasley will be following in the footsteps of supermodel Ashley Graham. The 23-year-old beauty will be part of this year’s Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit issue and has hopes of being named the rookie of the year.

Wasley is a fierce body-positive activist. Alongside fellow Aussie model Georgia Gibbs, she has created an Instagram page called Any BODY, with the slogan “beauty has no boundaries.” Their aim is to create a safe place where women of all shapes and sizes are equally celebrated. Gibbs was also selected to be part of the SI swimsuit issue.

In a recent interview she told Sports Illustrated, “I want to see more plus-size models in advertising, especially in main brands. There’s a lot of progress, but there’s still only a few, mature brands using plus-size models. I want to see it more in younger brands. I want to see the Australian market take it up as well. And I just want to keep inspiring women however I can.”

Wasley is also constantly preaching body positivity to her 175,000 Instagram followers. In a recent post, the model captioned a bikini photo: “If people say nasty things to about you or your appearance, remember that there’s nothing wrong with being confident (thanks, Demi); it stems from their insecurities — you’re NEVER going to please everyone so you might as well wear whatever you want.”

In another post, the model opened up about her own insecurities and her journey to loving and accepting her body. Wasley wrote: “I’ve gone from eating crap every day and never exercising, being so uneducated about health and fitness that I didn’t even know where to start, to eating spinach and tuna day in day out, genuinely not knowing how to eat more than 800 calories, never going out with friends, hating my body and beating myself up if I wasn’t constantly in calorie deficit, to being qualified in personal training and halfway through a nutrition and health promo degree and in a place where I have found balance and acceptance of my size and shape.”

“Getting here hasn’t been easy, but it is possible, and I still have days where I doubt myself or I wish I could change things about my appearance; I’m only human. But for the most part, I love myself; I accept cellulite and stretch marks as a part of growing up and my body changing. And it’s important to realize that even the healthiest of people have these. Why? Because they’re human too. It’s not our fault that we are made to see them as ‘imperfections’ because if you haven’t noticed, the ‘ideal/healthy’ body is marketed to us as a flawless size 8/10, with curves In the ‘right places’, perfectly airbrushed skin with no scars, marks, cellulite or pimples. It’s everywhere, force fed to us from such a young age that flawless perfection equals self-worth and beauty.”

“Social media has such a big influence on our lives and how we feel about our bodies because it is flooded with the ‘ideal’ version of beauty. What they don’t show you is that bodies come in all different shapes, colors, sizes and we all have different markings. This is normal and beautiful. It makes us who we are. It makes us human. I could go on for ages. For now, just keep pushing forward, remind yourself of how much you have to offer the world; what other people think of you, doesn’t matter. You are you and that’s a beautiful power in itself,” she wrote.

And her message is resonating with her audience. A commenter wrote, “You look amazing! Thank you, I start to feel more confident with my shape … still working on this.” Another commenter added, “Love this. Woman empowerment is so important. All women should wake up and realize the second you stop comparing yourself to one another and open your eyes to appreciate and empower one another, the world becomes more beautiful.”

Although the cover girl of the 2018 SI swimsuit issue is usually kept under wraps until the magazine hits the stands, it would be a career-changer for Wasley should she be the one to grace the cover. We’re rooting for you, Kate!

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