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Ronda Rousey, Ashley Graham, and Hailey Clouson Unveiled As Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Models

Submitted by on February 14, 2016 – 9:37 amNo Comment

In a year of firsts, MMA superstar Ronda Rousey and models Ashley Graham and Hailey Clouson were unveiled as the cover models for the 2016 edition of the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. For the first time in the issue’s 52-year history, there will be three separate covers, each with one of the models.

It’s unclear, but Rousey might be the first pro athlete to appear on the magazine’s cover. Athletes have appeared within the magazine before, including Rousey, who appeared in the swimsuit edition last year as well. Her inclusion this year was leaked when the magazine teased photos of a model in body paint, and fans were able to identify Rousey by her tattoos.

Graham is the second plus-sized model to appear in the magazine (after last year’s Robyn Lawley), and the first to appear on the cover.

The magazine this year will also feature a swimsuit ad featuring 56-year-old model Nicola Griffin, in an ad campaign that also features Graham and black plus-sized model Philomena Kwao.

Sports Illustrated has said the choice of cover models this year is “not promoting just one cookie cutter image for every woman.” However, notably, all of the cover models are white. But models of color have appeared on the magazine’s cover several times.

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