"History-making." "Ground-breaking." "Trailblazing. "Body-positive." "Shocking."
These are just a few of the words and phrases being used to describe this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which features not one, but three cover girls: Ashley Graham, a curvy size-16 model; UFC fighter Ronda Rousey; and high-fashion model Hailey Clauson.
For the first time in its 52 years, the issue features three women with three very different body types.
The unprecedented move has generated a lot of buzz and stirred up body image conversations in a big way. Some say it'll inspire more women to love and accept their unique bodies while others say Graham's body type has no business being in — let alone on the cover — of the popular men’s magazine.
Like with pretty much anything in this life, there are varying opinions on what's sexy, healthy, and acceptable when it comes to the body.
As a curvy model myself, who's worked alongside models like Graham, I've been on the receiving end of a lot of judgment and confusion about what exactly a "plus-size" model is and whether we're healthy.
While it's different for everyone — after all, there's no one-size-fits-all "solution" to what's healthy or sexy — here's what I know for sure: