Ashley Graham just made history.
Graham, who appeared in an ad in last year’s issue, is one of five rookie models in the upcoming mag, which hits newsstands next week. Her appearance and her cover are being hailed as a move to include women with different body types. Last year Robyn Lawley became the first plus-size model to appear in the swimsuit issue.
“I thought Sports Illustrated was taking a risk by putting a girl my size in the pages,” Graham tells PEOPLE. “But putting me on the cover? They aren’t just breaking barriers; they are the standard now. This is beyond epic.”
“I thought Sports Illustrated Swimsuit was taking a risk by putting a girl my size in the pages,” says Ashley Graham. “This is beyond epic.”