Hunter McGrady Inspires in These Images and Reflections From Her Cover Photo Shoot in Mexico

The six-time SI Swimsuit model earned not one, but two cover features this year.
Hunter McGrady was photographed by Yu Tsai in Mexico.
Hunter McGrady was photographed by Yu Tsai in Mexico. / Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Hunter McGrady is officially an SI Swimsuit Issue cover star. In her sixth feature with the brand, the American model earned her spot on the front of the 2024 issue.

But she didn’t just earn one cover spot. In her sixth year with the brand, the model traveled to two different locations and posed for two different cover photo shoots. For one, she went to Hollywood, Fla., where she posed for the 60th anniversary legends photo shoot alongside 26 other incredible women. For the other, she headed to Mexico, where Yu Tsai captured a series of glowing photos of the 31-year-old.

It was her trip to Mexico that earned her that first solo cover moment. McGrady posed in a series of chic neutrals and trendy animal print swimsuits, which perfectly enhanced the beautiful backdrop in the Mexican Caribbean.

While we were absolutely thrilled to have McGrady back for another year, we were even more excited to put her on the cover—and it is a moment that she described as a moment that will be “forever ... one of my greatest” in an Instagram post following the reveal.

“I am profoundly aware of the legacy of powerful women who have paved the way, those who tirelessly advocate for inclusivity every single day,” she said. “These are the women who dare to raise their voices in a world that often demands our silence and diminishment.”

It is easy to see that McGrady is one of those very women who raises her voice and fights for inclusivity. She has always been an advocate for change, and we have no doubt she will always continue to be.

Here are a few of our favorite photos from McGrady’s cover photo shoot in Mexico.

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Hunter McGrady was photographed by Yu Tsai in Mexico. Swimsuit by JMP The Label. Bracelets provided by New York Vintage. / Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated
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Hunter McGrady was photographed by Yu Tsai in Mexico. Swimsuit by Mapalé. Necklace by Brinker + Eliza. Bracelets by Brinker + Eliza. / Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated
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Hunter McGrady was photographed by Yu Tsai in Mexico. Swimsuit by JMP The Label. Cover-up by Antoninias. / Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

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Martha Zaytoun

MARTHA ZAYTOUN

Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.