A Sports Illustrated Swimsuit First! Three Covers, Three Cover Models

SI Swimsuit 2016 Available February 15

NEW YORK — Hailey Clauson, Ashley Graham and Ronda Rousey are the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover models; each gracing their own individual cover which were unveiled during a first of its kind cable TV special on TNT Sunday evening. The 2016 SI Swimsuit launched across print, digital, mobile platforms and the NYC Fan Festival on Monday, February 15.


Ashley Graham_SISwimsuit 2016This is the first time SI Swimsuit has produced multiple covers of its Swimsuit edition. Plus-size model Ashley Graham makes her SI cover debut as well. On the decision to go with an unprecedented three individual covers, SI Swimsuit Editor MJ Day said: “What defines beauty today? The truth is, times have changed and one size does not fit all. Our position on beauty is well known—healthy, curvy, vivacious and bold. It’s not a size. The three cover models—Hailey Clauson, Ronda Rousey and Ashley Graham—demonstrate that…. So we don’t have just one cover, because beauty doesn’t take just one form.”


Hailey Clauson_SISwimsuit 2016Clauson, Rousey and Graham are making their first cover appearance. Asked about being an SI Swimsuit issue cover model, Hailey Clauson said, “I’m shaking and crying. I love it so much because it represents three different strong and beautiful women.”


Ashley Graham said, “It is a historic moment. Not only is this the first time that I’m in the issue, but I’m on the cover and sharing this honor with two of the most stunning women. This is for all the women who didn’t think they were beautiful because of their size. This is for them.”


Ronda Rousey_SISwimsuit 2016Ronda Rousey said, “It’s a real honor being part of such a historic issue that really pays homage to different body types of women and not promoting just one cookie cutter image for every woman, but showing that the healthiest version of every body type is the sexiest version out there.


Clauson, Graham and Rousey join the ranks of fashion and entertainment icons Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen, and Christie Brinkley who have appeared on the SI Swimsuit cover. This is the 52nd edition of SI Swimsuit which now reaches 70 million U.S. adults – more 18-34 year old men than the Super Bowl via print, digital, mobile products and consumer events.


SI Swimsuit 2016 was produced entirely on island destinations around the world, including the Dominican Republic, Tahiti, Malta and Zanzibar.  Rousey’s cover was shot in the Bahamas by Frederic Pinetand features the cultural phenomenon wearing a body paint swimsuit. Clauson and rookie Graham were both photographed by James Macari on location in Turks & Caicos.


Amazing cast of 24 Swimsuit Models including Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk, Chrissy Teigen and Lindsey Vonn


The issue boasts an extraordinarily diverse cast of models that includes accomplished authors, advocates, actors, world champion and Olympic athletes. The group includes five returning cover models — including one, Irina Shayk, who is celebrating a decade shooting with SI — and five “rookies” making their first ever Sports Illustrated Swimsuit appearance.


The full cast of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 models includes: Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, Rose Bertram, Kate Bock, Hailey Clauson, Hannah Davis, Emily DiDonato, Hannah FergusonAshley Graham, Gigi Hadid, Erin Heatherton, Samantha Hoopes, Chanel Iman, Bo Krsmanovic, Robyn Lawley, Tanya Mityushina, Barbara Palvin, Sofia Resing, Kelly Rohrbach, Ronda Rousey, Irina Shayk, Chrissy Teigen, Lindsey Vonn and Caroline Wozniacki.


SI Swimsuit App and Immersive VR Content Debut

Beginning Monday, 2/15, the new issue will be available on newsstands and the content will be accessible on the brand new SI Swimsuit App as well as on SI Swimsuit and on tablet editions of the magazine. For the first time ever this year, SI Swimsuit, in a bow to its history of innovation, presents a suite of virtual reality experiences taking viewers inside the iconic photo shoots of some of the world’s top models in some of the most exotic locations on the planet.


A series of immersive VR content featuring former Swimsuit cover models Nina Agdal, Irina Shayk and Hannah Davis will be available in the new SI Swimsuit App along with thousands of photos, videos and stories.

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