There’s a super hot lady gracing the cover of the Sports Illustrated 2016 Swimsuit Issue. She’s wearing a barely there bikini. Her breasts are voluptuous. Her tan glistens. She’s drenched from splashing in the waves. She also happens to be listed as one of this year’s 30 Under 30 by Forbes and has created her very own lingerie line.
Oh… and did we mention... she’s a size 16?
That makes her the first plus-size model to ever be featured on the cover of this coveted magazine spread.
Ashley Graham (a major ENELL fan!) just made a major splash for modeling, for women, and for the body positive movement. She has said “There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt.” We can’t think of a more conspicuous place to not to hide and a better platform from which to flaunt what you’ve got!
This makes the sixth magazine cover for the 28-year-old model, designer, and body activist in the past year, and there’s no doubt her face (and body) is about to become even more familiar. She is proud to “use” her “hot body” to let other women know that they are beautiful; a body that is representative of half of American women who wear a size 14 or greater.
Her Swimsuit cover wasn’t photoshopped or retouched in any way, a point she’s adamant about. And it’s just one more example of how she’s representing and connecting with American women. She hopes they feel empowered by her cover, something she never expected SI to do.
“I didn’t think that Sports Illustrated was going to take that risk. They are setting the standard for what everybody else -- magazines, designers, people in Hollywood -- should be doing,” Ashley told PEOPLE.
Her next move is to continue breaking barriers… which we would expect to see her doing in an ENELL. Ashley has said that you can be healthy at any size as long as you’re off the couch and moving your body; which she enjoys doing through kickboxing and traveling with resistance bands. She has professed that ENELL sports bras are her fave, calling it her “absolute favorite workout bra ever. It's every woman's dream that has big boobs."
Ashley Graham in the ENELL LITE in Hope
Loving herself is how Ashley was able to find success. That kind of unconditional self-love just landed her one of the biggest gigs in the industry!