Hannah Davis graces the cover of the SI: Swim 2015 issue

Hannah Davis

Hannah Davis announced as SI: Swimsuit cover model
Last night, Sports Illustrated announced this year’s SI: Swim cover model, Hannah Davis. This is a photo of her at an SI event last year. The cover is even pr0nier than usual. Hannah’s bikini can’t go any lower without getting lost. Chrissy Teigen tweeted a cover shot, and Jimmy Kimmel made the announcement on Wednesday’s show. Here’s something bizarre. Page Six reported yesterday that Derek Jeter just dumped Hannah because he was tired of “her growing fame.” For real. The source said, “Derek likes to keep his relationships quiet. In the past, when his girlfriends become famous and start doing sexy shoots, that’s when they break up. Exactly the same thing happened with Minka and Vanessa Minnillo.” Derek Jeter has issues.

Plus sized model Ashley Graham featured in advertisements in the swim issue
There’s more SI: Swim news, and this is more interesting (to me). Ashley Graham is a plus-sized model who wears a size 16. She’s previously featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Elle. We talked about Ashley a few weeks ago when she asked people to stop calling Jennifer Lawrence curvy. Ashley will appear in a SwimsuitsForAll ad in SI: Swim. That’s not as good appearing in the actual issue, but it’s a step for SI. Us Weekly has some previews of Ashley’s ads. Ashley says, “I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too. There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt.

Ashley is really gorgeous. Maybe this will pave the way to SI featuring larger models in their swimsuit issue. Credit where it’s due: SI does tend to feature models who aren’t as thin as the ones you see in Vogue, but Kate Upton broke the mold three years ago.

Congrats to both Hannah and Ashley. Here’s some of Ashley’s work for NYT Style magazine and Harper’s Bazaar.



Photos courtesy of NYT Style magazine, Harper’s Bazaar & WENN

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  1. Belle Epoch says:

    i hope the magazine gets good feedback.

    • FLORC says:

      Same. After the last 3 covers they needed a change. And the cover last year was all kinds of bad.
      Fingers crossed they don’t photoshop her too much.

    • Bridget says:

      What’s good feedback to SI? They didn’t care that they chose covers that made Kate Upton’sface look unfortunate, or that ridiculou one last year where the girls looked like they were going to snap their spines in half as they tried their mightiest to give themselves booties.

  2. Kaley says:

    Ashley is actually much prettier than the Jeter covergirl but I doubt the swimsuit issue has much to do with the face…

    • Lost account says:

      Agree Ashley is uniquely gorgeous while Hannah has a more generic “everyday blonde girl on the street”. I think both Hannah and Ashley look sexier in their other pictures than in their SI shots. Hannah’s cover with her undies almost off looks very non-sexual Barbie to me. She looks like her torso doesn’t have a natural curve. But in her t-shirt and shorts pic she looks hot. Less clothes is not always the sexier look for everyone.

      Same with Ashley. The other mag pictures really bring out her gorgeous face and nice shape. In the SI pic, they gave her a bikini that makes her too look like she lacks curves too. I would have picked a more stylish bikini and in a brighter color. Red would have been great.

  3. Cleveland Girl says:

    This is very cool. Of course Nik Ritchie was panning this woman on The Dirty yesterday for being plus size. That guy is such a scumbag.

    • Tifygodess24 says:

      He is scum but sadly he’s not the only one , many sports blogs are also complaining and saying horrible things about this poor girl all because she doesn’t fit into their narrative of how a woman should look. society is so depressing at times.

      • doofus says:

        and what’s really funny is that (I’d bet) most of the guys who will bash her for her size would JUMP at the chance to shag her.

      • Tifygodess24 says:

        Oh I know right!!! So spot on

      • Kitten says:

        While part of me wants to give props to SI for keeping it diverse, I also think it’s a strategic and really smart move on their part to cater to the varied male audience.
        Not every dude likes a pin-thin girl, you know?

        As for the guys giving Ashley sh*t, I’ve read equally nauseating comments about women who are thin as in “where’s her ass?”, etc.
        None of this is new-just typical male gaze commentary.

        But I agree with all of you–pretty damn gross nevertheless.

      • Bridget says:

        @Kitten: I often wonder what people would say if they saw these women in real life, as real people. Because 1) hopefully they wouldnt just be a collection of body parts, and 2) I think it would be interesting to see how model ‘thin’ and model ‘plus’ translates into real life.

    • Beth says:

      That is someone’s site I won’t even bother to hate read. He’s vile.

    • FLORC says:

      This will only get worse. Talk radio this morning had opinions of listeners for plus size on SI cover. The majority was clear. Displaying plus size models in such a way will bring on a new level of obesity like super thin models brought on anorexia. The djj shut down all calls after 5 in a row said that.

  4. LadyMTL says:

    Man, I am so freaking sick and tired of that whole “pulling my bikini bottoms down” pose. Ugh. I mean yes, I know the mag is generally geared towards straight men but really now.

    Aside from that, the girl is gorgeous. I still find it silly that she’s considered plus-sized but I know there’s a major difference between model plus-size and the real world.

    • The other paige says:

      Agree with the stupid pose!
      It is so ridiculous, pulling her bottoms down…
      It’s been done a million times and now it’s just how low can you go..

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Yeah, I feel like a prude, but I found that really tacky, especially since she’s pulling them down past where her pubic hair would be, so you can tell she doesn’t have any, which makes her seem childlike to me. I know it’s a thing now, but I don’t get it. And get off my lawn! Lol

    • Ginger says:

      I’m a photographer and I hate it too. So generic and cliche. Come up with something other than the “hand bra” or the “thumb in my underwear/bikini bottoms” UGH!

    • Catk says:

      Holy crap, I’m not a prude, but that bikini is a cm away from showing her labia. How is that ok on a magazine cover?!?

    • Anne tommy says:

      How to get a bikini body? Buy a bikini. Put your body in it.

    • Granger says:

      I’m not easily shocked, and that cover photo SHOCKS me. It’s facking indecent. The worst part is that it’ll be right on full display on the same magazine racks that hide the p0rn rags in the back row. I’m already cringing at my 11-year-old daughter’s reaction…

    • Bridget says:

      The plus sized model is in an ad, the cover model is a ‘traditionally sized’ model.

      And I hate the cover. I don’t want to see her entire bikini wax.

  5. cs says:

    When I skimmed the headline I thought that a plus-sized model was the cover girl (I didn’t know Hannah Davis is Jeter’s girlfriend) and got really excited. Still, any inclusion of plus-sized ladies in these things are a win, especially one as prolific as SI. I’m kind of scared to check twitter to see what gross things people are saying though.

  6. neve says:

    there is no way she wears a size 16. 12? yes. 16 hellls no.

    • Amelia says:

      A quick size conversion for both sides of the pond – to get a UK dress size, add 4 onto the American size.
      Subtract 4 from UK sizes to get a US dress size.

      I was staring at your comment for ages, neve, trying to work out what was going on until I twigged that you were talking about American sizes!
      Oopsie :)

    • AuroraO says:

      She may be a size 16 but I am sure she is very tall and so a size 16 on a woman who is 5’10″ is not comparable to a size 16 on a woman who is 5’3″.

    • Tifygodess24 says:

      I believe she is most likely a 16. You could line up ten woman all with the same Jean size and every single one of them would look different. Some will look skinny and some on the heavier side but still be the same size. I think we get this idea of what each size “should” look like when in reality it’s not even close.

    • Josephine says:

      I think she wears a 16. I appreciate the fact that they didn’t put a size 10 gal in the magazine and call it diversity. She’s got meat on her gorgeous bones and looks great.

    • Anna says:

      I guess “good for them” for having someone featured in their magazine who isn’t skinny but she really isn’t even that big.
      When someone says plus size next time I want someone who has noticeable back fat and rolls and flab and looks like they’re actually a size 16+ and maybe even shops at a store like Torrid. Not someone who is just tall, thicker but still with quite a flat stomach.

      • AuroraO says:

        For now this is as good as it gets! Baby steps.

      • Granger says:

        Have you seen the commercial yet, with Ashley strutting in her bikini in front of three men? She has some back fat, and flabby cellulite-y thighs, and she looks AMAZING.

    • Ginger says:

      There’s a stupid commercial running on Hulu Plus for a workout company. The woman in the ad claims she went from a size 20 to a size 6 or some such BS. It’s so obvious in the before photo that they used the woman was MAYBE a 10 and is now a 6. There are times when I wonder if they realize we know they are spouting a bunch of crap. If Ashley is a 16 cool. But I think most plus size models for print ads are a 12 or 14 right?

  7. Senaber says:

    She is pretty!

  8. LaurieH says:

    In the fashion world, “plus size” translates loosely to “normal size” in the actual real world. What passes for “normal size” in the fashion world translates loosely to “eat a damn cheeseburger, will ya?” in the real world.

    • Livealot says:

      Lol. That’s a great scale.

    • Shambles says:

      Can we please take “eat a damn cheese burger” out of any conversation about weight and body type already? I understand that a lot of models have access to methods that many everyday women don’t, and it’s not realistic in any way to expect all women to look like Candance Swanpoel. But the “eat a damn cheeseburger” line, to a person who is built naturally thin/has a fast metabolism/etc. is JUST as rude as making derrogatory comments towards a bigger woman. No body type should be the butt of a joke, thin included. I am all for the acceptance and love and celebration of all body types, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to make thin women feel guilty for beinng thin. The acceptance of one body type doesn’t require the shaming of another.

      • perplexed says:

        I really don’t think all models or tv types have naturally fast metabolisms to make themselves look eerily thin. Guilana Rancic isn’t a model, but no way do I think she’s naturally slim like that. I thought Kate Moss was naturally thin, but then in the Johnny Depp thread I learned all about her drug days. How much of that would have contributed to her looking thin? But by today’s modelling standards she probably wouldn’t even be considered that thin so I don’t think anybody would ask her to eat a cheeseburger.

        I do think the 17 year old models built like Johnny Depp’s daughter probably have naturally fast metabolisms though. But anyone over 25? I think they’d have to work to look like that (eerily thin, I mean, not regular thin like Gwyneth Paltrow when she was 25).

      • FLORC says:

        Cigarettes play a large part in the “fast metabolism” bs. Coke too.
        Staying that thin is work.

      • Nire says:

        Can we please take out the “can we please take the ‘eat a damn cheeseburger’ out” of the conversation also then? If the cheeseburger term has gotten old, the non sequitur response conflating it with making fun of scores and scores of naturally emaciated people has gotten older.

  9. jferber says:

    In the pose with the leopard top, Ashley reminded me of Sophia Loren, who would also probably be considered plus size in her heyday. Ashley is hella sexy and gorgeous. Derek Jeter should start dating women his own age, though that will never happen. Didn’t he give a number of women a sexually transmitted disease? I’m thinking of old gossip I read. Back to Ashley, she deserves major fame as a model, bringing sexy back in a major way. I WISH I were as gorgeous as she is.

  10. Brittney B says:

    I know it’s still a start… but I was kind of disappointed that it’s just a single paid advertisement. SI didn’t refuse to print it, but they also didn’t seek Ashley out or include her in one of their actual editorials. Maybe this will pave the way for that. Let’s hope.

  11. Naddie says:

    Fashion world makes me sick. I come here expecting to see a plus-size model, and what do I see? A girl thinner than me! I’d love to be enlightened by someone who actually understands about this area, otherwise all I can think is that these people are crazy or stupid.

  12. Lama Bean says:

    Agreed the cover is a bit much. Just adding to unrealistic expectations of women.

  13. MoeC23 says:

    Omg I want that jacket!

  14. vauvert says:

    I find Ashley way sexier than Hannah – who, no offence, is just another generically pretty blond skinny model. Ashley has old-fashioned sex appeal in a bombshell way, like Marilyn and Bardot and Loren.
    In a sort of related comment – the only actress remotely looking like these legendary ladies that we get to see on screen (OK, the shows I watch) is the fabulous Hayley Atwell in Agent Carter. Every time I see her I want to scream at every current star(let) – see, you can be sexy without showing off all your skin, and also, having curves is beautiful. Sigh…

  15. Jen says:

    great, another year to hide my daughters from newsstands. Lest they believe their pussies ought to be shaven bare and for all to see. way to go SI.

    • DogMom says:

      Right???? Personally, I find the whole thing extremely vulgar to say the least. Much less having to explain it to my daughter who is just staring to navigate the tricky waters of feminine personal hygiene.

      And on a separate note, how do men who date these model / actress types deal with the idea that their wife / gf / lover is now available for public consumption? Always wondered that. Sorta off topic tho.

      • word says:

        I think the cover is a bit too much. This magazine is on stands everywhere and for all eyes to see. Why does she need to be pulling down her bikini bottom? What is the point of that? So stupid. If a grown woman did that exact same pose on the beach, you would be covering up your child’s eyes.

      • Nancy says:

        I think we now know the real reason Derek Jeter and this model broke up. Jeter’s parents are very down to earth and no-nonsense and he is very close to them, and I cannot imagine what his mother would think when she sees this? Or his father? And then what would they say the next time he brings her home?

        I don’t think Jeter has issues, BTW. He just isn’t a fame-whore like most people in the public eye are.

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  17. Lorelei says:

    The blonde girl from the cover, Hannah Davis, is NOT the plus sized one the article refers to.
    That would be the brunette Ashley, who if you watch the US Weekly preview video you will see that is indeed plus sized. She is slimmer in the pictures attached to the article, than in the video.
    In the video I would say she is indeed a size 16 and although she has an absolutely gorgeous face, honestly, her body is fat. I’m about a size 14 and I think this is fat too.
    We should not delude ourselves that this is better than being stick thin, in terms of health it most definitely isn’t. We should not fat shame anyone, just as we should not skinny shame anyone, but also we should be realistic about our bodies and what weight is healthy.

  18. lila fowler says:

    Jeter’s past relationships with celebs probably failed because he was still in the league and wanted to be the #1 in the relationship. Now that he’s retired he’s probably looking for his own Gisele to stay relevant.

    • V4Real says:

      Jeter himself said he would never get married until his baseball career was over. He wanted to make sure his future wife wanted Jeter, not Jeter the baseball player.

      Side bar: I’m a die hard Yanks and Jeter fan but I have heard many rumors about the STD’s he has handed out. Jessica Aba being one of the accusers.

    • doofus says:

      um…gotta ask…

      is your nickname an homage to Sweet Valley High?…if so, bravo.

      Bruce Patman forEVAH!

  19. INeedANap says:

    Aside from Kate Upton, how do they pick the cover models? They all kind of look the same. Miss Davis is lovely, but generically so.

    • Linn says:

      -Popular with men and woman
      -Good agency that knows how to promote their models
      -Famous husband/boyfriend/family member (or something else that makes her at least a little bit relevant outside of modeling.)

      • Bridget says:

        They choose the cover photo once all the shoots are completed, and don’t actually have a “cover shoot”. That said, they have a ‘type’ of shot that they prefer for the cover, if you look at the different years.

        The cover subject herself/selves don’t even find out they’ve been chosen until the last possible moment to get going for the press.

  20. Mar says:

    Hannah has no body what do ever

  21. break says:

    Good for her, but the real breakthrough will when a plus sized woman (or any woman?) without giant breasts is considered sexy. I just don’t see it as revolutionary or liberating to learn that men are willing to tolerate (or appreciate) a few extra pounds on the hips, so long as she has an “amazing rack”. At least it doesn’t represent many women who carry an extra 10 or 20 pounds naturally. Don’t we all wish we’d gain it in our chest…. :)

  22. Beth says:

    Hannah Davis reminds me of Jennifer Lawrence. Meh, she is pretty, but the cover of SI seems to have lost its edge years ago.

  23. Dani says:

    Why can’t ‘plus size models’ ever be put in flattering bikinis? Ashley is seriously beautiful but that bathing suit fits her all wrong.

  24. Krissie says:

    I have worked with Ashely before, a few years back. I styled her for a shoot and not only was she down to earth but she looked incredible. Her body looked wonderful and her face is beautiful. This is a step for SI but I think she’s way better than the cover girl to be honest. I was so happy when I heard the news bc Ashley deserves it!

  25. theoneandonly says:

    Look at it this way; the internet, iPhone, social media tech revolution has obliterated just about every cultural artifact that large numbers of people could talk about in common – remember the effect Roots had? In today’s fragmented world, that would not exist, and in the 70s I believe about a quarter of American males subscribed to playboy and maybe even read their 10-15 page interviews with the likes of Fidel Castro, Gore Vidal, Stephen Hawking, etc. Those days of common popular culture currency are gone, but at least SI is one cultural marker still puttering along. But hey i’m a 90s person, so I wouldn’t mind bringing back Must See Thursday tv, but of course that won’t happen either.

  26. Jenny says:

    FYI, Bedhead, the Page Six article linked in the post above is from a year ago. An article on Page Six today seems to show they are still together.

  27. Kathryn says:

    I know Hannah very well, we went to high school together in the Caribbean. She is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met, and I’m so happy for her! Watching her career grow has been amazing. Good luck, Hannah! xx

  28. unmadebed says:

    Why not just look at pr0n? What is the point of this magazine? Is it to tease men, so they get boners out in public at Barnes & Noble or gas stations?

  29. Sarah says:

    This cover shot is ridiculous. It’s practically indecent and it could have been much sexier to keep the model a bit more covered up. Then again, last year’s cover was also ridiculous since two of the models had arched their backs and contorted themselves in such odd poses to give the illusion of actually having a butt. Obviously I’m not the market for these magazines and it’s in the eye of the beholder and all that, but this just seems so gimmicky and trashy.

  30. perplexed says:

    The blonde looks like a cross between Jennifer Lawrence (the top part of her face) and Claire Forlani (the bottom part of her face).

    Have SI covers always been this revealing when it comes to bikini bottoms? The amount of exposure in the bikini area in mainstream photo shoots seems to be getting kind of ridiculous.

  31. Muhammad says:

    That Derek and Hannah break up story is from 2014.

  32. Magnolia says:

    Hannah’s bolt on implants are on par with Victoria Beckham’s. Gross. Guess she is pulling down her bikini to keep us from noticing.