Skip to main content
Publish date:

SI Swimsuit 2017 Editor's Letter: 'Beauty does not conform to any set of stodgy standards'

MJ Day's SI Swimsuit 2017 Editor's Letter discusses body diversity in the fashion and beauty industries. 
Author:

Every year, I look at the Swimsuit Issue and think about the accomplishments of the women it celebrates, and every year I’m amazed. The better they become, the better we become. That much is readily apparent to anyone who picks up the magazine or checks us out on the phone, goes to our website or follows us on our array of social media platforms. The Swimsuit Issue began as a simple cold-weather diversion more than 50 years ago, but the franchise has grown into so much more than that.

aly-raisman-swimsuit-1_0.jpg

The women of SI Swimsuit 2017 are a collection of change agents, pioneers, power brokers and breakout stars-in-waiting who have in their own way redefined the cultural conversation around beauty. Among them: Serena Williams, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Christie Brinkley, Ashley Graham, Chrissy Teigen and our cover star, Kate Upton. Like every model in this year’s issue, these women embody character and beauty—and they prove that when it comes to beauty, there is not one singular definition. This is the very essence of SI Swimsuit, and it’s our guiding principle as we move forward.

kate-upton-covers_0.jpg

SI Swimsuit Recommends

Back in 2012, when she appeared on our cover for the first time, Kate spurred a conversation within the modeling industry—and, it’s not an exaggeration to say, the world—about what was “acceptable” in fashion. She challenged preconceived notions, which led to dialog that was not always pleasant, but she persevered. In other words: Haters gonna hate, but Katers gonna Kate. Now she’s back for her third cover—and the conversations she started continue today in a way that makes me proud.

This year’s issue proves once again that beauty does not conform to any set of stodgy standards. The pages of SI Swimsuit are filled with curves and muscles and a diverse array of faces and bodies. Christie Brinkley proves that you can still rock a bikini at 63. Simone Biles and Aly Raisman show that good things do, in fact, come in small packages, while Serena Williams demonstrates that strong is sexy.

christie-brinkley-2_0.jpg

It was the experience of a lifetime to work with these women—these powerful, wonderful, smart, courageous, bold women. I am a stronger person today because of it. And for that I would like to thank them. Now please join me in celebrating them.

Meet the ladies of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017!

SWIM160_TK1_00385_rawWMFinal1920_2.jpg
SWIM163_TK3_2495_rawWMFinal1920_1.jpg
SWIM146_TK3_05920-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM161_TK4_02527-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM33_TK1_0904-rawWMFinal1920_0.JPG
SWIM158_TK5_03361-rawWMfinal1920.jpg
SWIM158_TK2_00954-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM161_TK1_02490-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM163_TK4_1774-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM158_TK1_00499-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM33_TK2_0248-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM163_TK2_0468-rawWMFinal1920_1.jpg
SWIM164_TK1_03202-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM164_TK4_00894-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM163_TK1_1952-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM161_TK2_02089-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM161_TK5_02664-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM164_TK5_00964-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM146_TK4_01666-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM164_TK2_04506_rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM164_TK3_02734-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM146_TK1_01189_rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM146_TK2_04488-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM158_TK4_03198-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM160_TK2_00367-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg
SWIM146_TK5_07353-rawWMFinal1920_0.jpg