2015 was a record year for Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue. Not only did Robyn Lawley, a size 10, become the publication's first-ever plus-size model as one of its "rookies," but it also ran an ad (for bikini brand Swimsuitsforall) that featured fellow plus-size superstar Ashley Graham. For 2016, Graham is back for a second round — but this time, she'll also be joining the Sports Illustrated family as a member of the Swimsuit Issue's rookie class, news that was announced on the magazine's website and Instagram on Tuesday.
Sports Illustrated will reveal one rookie model per day leading up to the Swimsuit Issue's release later this month. Graham, seen in the above teaser image working — I'm sorry, werking — her stuff in a purple bikini, was the second model announced, only preceded by Victoria's Secret Fashion Show alumna Barbara Palvin. There will be five in total.
Graham — who serves as the face of Forever 21's plus-size activewear line and designs a popular lingerie line for Canadian retailer Addition Elle — will also appear in the Swimsuit Issue in a new ad for Swimsuitsforall, alongside British Ghanaian model Philomena Kwao and 56-year-old model Nicola Griffin. See below:
Graham is as tantalizingly beautiful as any swimsuit model out there, and we can't wait to see her full spread when the issue hits newsstands.