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SI Swimsuit Is Building a Platform for All Women

A open letter from editor in chief MJ Day
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At SI Swimsuit, we’ve always pushed ourselves to evolve, redefining what we stand for and who we are. Despite the callouts, criticism and naysayers, we've kept moving forward.

Then it dawned on us. We truly are more than swimsuits; we are a launchpad for success, a vehicle for change, and we are in the business of changing women’s lives. We’ve helped create media moguls, personal brands, actors, philanthropists, role models— you name it—and we are not stopping there.

But here’s the thing. Change isn’t a switch you turn on. It takes time. We’ve been laying the groundwork behind the scenes for years. Changing perceptions of what beauty looks like and who represents it. Changing our audience from men to women. Building a platform for all women and continuing to lead the charge in many industry firsts.

This year marks something radically different from anything we’ve done before. We’re opening the aperture of what it means to support, promote, progress and change the world for women in a whole new way. We have proudly announced our Pay With Change initiative, a new advertising mandate which will only allow brands who are helping drive gender equality forward to be featured in our annual print issue and across our digital footprint. Our ad space is now a place to create change for women and all brands making progress can buy in. We know that nothing brands say matters if not backed by action. Pay With Change is our proof of progress, proof of passion and proof of our belief that we must be the change we want to see.

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At SI Swimsuit, it’s time to rewrite HERstory.

MJ Day, editor in chief