Here Are the SI Swimsuit Nudes Everyone Is Talking About

Sailor Brinkley Cook and others bared their bodies for #MeToo.

Here Are the SI Swimsuit Nudes Everyone Is Talking About

The annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is hitting newsstands next week, and it's already causing a stir thanks to a sexy spread by golf star Paige Spiranac that some prudes say is "sexualizing women's golf."

But the even greater controversy is now over a powerful photo shoot in a "tentpole" piece entitled "In Her Own Words," in which models pose nude in black and white photos, with words written on their bodies that describe the positive ways in which they see themselves.

MJ Day, Sports Illustrated's editor, recently told Vanity Fair that the spread was meant to spread a feminist message:

"It's about allowing women to exist in the world without being harassed or judged regardless of how they like to present themselves," she said, echoing something Emily Ratajkowski often says to defend her own nude selfies. "That's an underlying thread that exists throughout the Swimsuit Issue. You have Harvard graduates, you have billion-dollar moguls, you have philanthropists, you have teachers, you have mothers — you have a full range of women represented in the alumnus of this magazine, and not one of them failed because they wore a bikini."

One of the models, Sailor Brinkley Cook, 19, told People that she felt the piece had a real feminist impact as well, particularly in its female empowering execution:

"It was a really beautiful thing because it's a female-powered project so I walked in [to the shoot] and it's my friend Mary doing makeup and my friend Taylor doing the photos and my other friend Robin doing the videos. I'm just like ‘what's up gals?' It's like we're in the locker room or something accept we're making something really beautiful and important."

While some people supported the spread, others argued that it promoted the objectification of women and exploited the entire #metoo movement.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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