Sports Illustrated Did You Have To?

It’s out and we have all seen it or have heard about it.  The 2015 Sports Illustrated Swim Suit edition.  I know, the swim suit edition is always something  jaw dropping.  Both men and women {yes I do read  look at the issue} do enjoy it.  But can we really go over this particular issue?

Hannah Davis, I can’t say anything bad because I don’t know her, nor do I follow her.  In fact, until this week, I had NO idea who she was.  I have no doubt that it is one of the most amazing experiences to be a young model and find out that you have not only hit the pages of this famous magazine, but made the cover!  I am even excited for her.  hannah-davis-swimsuit-cover-reveal-2015

But let’s go there shall we?  I know this magazine has done a gazillion shots of women wearing pretty much next to nothing.  The swimsuits are adorable and  they are barely fitting the models.   I am not a prude, I don’t really take offense to any of them.  I mean, it is their choice?  They are beautiful, they have made a life choice to become a model, they are smart and intelligent women {young girls, they seem younger and younger each year}.  They are someone’s daughter.

This is where I stop and cringe.  Not at the model herself, but at the thought process and choice that the magazine made to decide which picture they wanted to place on the cover {I have no doubt there were many other options}.  Sure we can argue the usual …

Don’t buy the magazine
Don’t look at in the market
Don’t google it on line
Don’t watch the t.v. talk shows or entertainment news for about a week
Don’t judge
Don’t be jealous
Don’t be such a prude
Don’t be a hater, etc…

Well even if I don’t purchase this issue, I can’t help but see it because they have them plastered ALL over every check out stand at every market.  You now the checkout stand where most of us wait in line to purchase something and the majority of us have children with us.  I HAVE AN ISSUE with that.

The fact that this young girl {I am old enough to be her mom} feels okay with putting herself out there for the entire world to see her in an itsy bitsy little bikini is one thing, but pulling down on her bikini bottom?  WHAT?  What is this?  Where is the moral compass?  Is she too young to understand what one is?  Has she heard of one?  Was there at any time a moment when she stopped and looked at the proofs and thought hmmm, I wonder if I am going a bit too far with this?  Will this make my dad and mom proud?  Should I be posing for Playboy instead?  Since I am in the public eye, maybe I should make some wise choices and hope to be a role model {pardon the pun}.  It think it is safe so assume that she had none of those thoughts.  Nor does she care.  Well she is not my daughter, however …

What the hell am I supposed to tell and teach my own daughter when a sports magazine can have this on the cover?

The questions are out there and everyone is commenting, talking and inputting on this.  What are we teaching the young generation?  Why does pretty or beautiful need to be pushed beyond the envelope to sexy?  There is already so much out there inundating us and the our children.  It is so crucial for us as parents to be on top of as much as we can in order to stay in the loop and hopefully navigate our children through the journey and all the obstacles along the way.  Sexy is a correlation of sex.  Having it right in our faces at the check out line is absurd!

What about boys and men?  Seriously?  If this were my daughter, I would honestly feel sick to my stomach knowing that pretty much every guy out there is looking at this cover of her.  There is NOTHING left to the imagination.  Are her parents REALLY proud of this particular photo?

What about the “plus size” model they have chosen.  Okay good for you SI, you have finally embraced the “real” woman.  Oh wait.  My bad.  Did you say that Robyn Lawley is plus size?  She is darling, I will give you that.   But I think you need to go back to the water cooler and do some more research on this.  Shame on you.  SI it is clear you have NO clue what reality is out there and what real women look like.

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I saw the commercial with Ashley Graham and she is BEAUTIFUL.  Now that is your SI model right there!

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  1. I 100% agree with everything you said!
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  2. I have to agree with much of what you said about the article. my husband and I laugh about the Victoria Secret models as well “pulling off their panties” we typically say they must be very uncomfortable – this girl is beyond risqué. As far as the plus size model in the SI, she is in a paid advertisement, SI did not pose her. They were talking about it on one of the news channels how SI is taking the credit for it.

  3. Yikes! I agree a 100 percent. They cover up Cosmo at the grocery stores, SI needs to be covered now if they are going to put this stuff on their covers.

  4. I like the idea of a moral compass thing which means that covers like this would be hidden by plastic so that kids eyes and minds are preserved from them for as long as possible. GOOD FOR YOU LYNDA!
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  5. I honestly don’t know what to say. I want to say GET IT OFF THE NEWSRACK… THESE types of articles/issues should not exist, but at the same time… I want to BE IN ONE!! Eeeps! I know, it’s terrible, but it’s true. But that’s also the problem too. I wanted that ever since I was a little itty bitty GiGi… So I was brain-washed to want to look like X.

    THANKFULLY I am so very happy with who I am that the only person I ever want to look like and BE is ME… but I still want to be in the magazine, ha ha, but that would never happen because of the standards these models are held to! It’s nuts. I have no idea who defined “beautiful” or “sexy”… And I hate that it makes such a huge impression on younger women! We all need to take a minute to count our blessings and realize that we are all so very unique and wonderful in our own ways! 🙂
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  6. Yup, I don’t even pay attention to it.

    I’m in the dance scene and young ladies go out just wearing pasties (nipple covers), it can be overwhelming but that’s their lesson. Eventually they see how much respect one can get my at least wearing a full dance wear top.

    Living the best example I can for young ladies is my personal solution. 🙂
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  7. LOVED THIS. NAILED IT, Linda! Totally shared. What are they THINKING? Makes me sick- Grr….
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  8. Fiona Fayker says:

    i agree with everything you have said. I don’t think I’m a prude but I felt quite uncomfortable looking at the photo of the girl pulling her pants off!
    As a ‘plus size’ person I couldn’t wear a bikini (2 pregnancies of large babies put paid to that!)but the lady in the black bikini looks gorgeous!
    I’m lucky to be in the uk so the magazine isn’t on every supermarket check out!

  9. Okay, I’m going to have to disagree with you on this one. Yes it’s a bit risqué for my tastes and I couldn’t image ever posing for something like that even at 24 (so she’s a young woman, not a young girl), but who am I to judge? Clearly people are into it and buying the magazine which is the point. She’s beautiful and has a great body. Honestly, she (and her parents) maybe be really truly proud of this picture despite your opinion on it. Men pose in tiny bottoms too, but most wouldn’t batt an eye. Yet when a women does it, it turns into something shameful. And why is the plus sized model beautiful and gorgeous, but this girl isn’t? They both are wearing bikinis. I think they are both beautiful in their own ways. So you may be shaking your head and feeling sorry for the cover girl, but I’m sure she’s laughing all the way to the bank. And I’m not sure where you’re shopping, but I don’t see any sports illustrated at the check out where I go.
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    • Hi Tricia, All the grocery markets have them in the aisles. Yes she is laughing all the way to the bank for sure. I agree 100% the plus size model and she are both very pretty {as I stated in the post}. I don’t feel sorry for her, never said I did. I just think honestly pulling down in the bikini bottom is just stretching things a bit too far for a cover. The inside, whatever, but the cover … come on.

  10. I don’t consider that model on the cover to be plus-sized by any means. She looks like maybe a size 10.
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  11. Amen to this, Lynda. Just a hearty, heartfelt AMEN.

    Blessings to you,
    Dani
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  12. Great post. These things anger me so much. There is no wonder that we have such issues with adolescent girls and their body images. Hell, I have body images as well. I’m old enough to not directly let these images effect who I am, but there is definitely a pressure in society and it’s sickening. I’m thankful that I don’t have girls BUT, I have my work cut out for me to teach my BOYS the correct morals and values and that looks aren’t everything. It’s sad really. Well said Lynda!

  13. Wow, I’m glad at your outrage, Lynda. We need a bit more of that.

    There is no reason to display a woman’s secrets on the cover of ANY magazine, regardless of how she looks or her size. I feel, in general, that these types of displays are more common today than yesterday.

    I gather that Robyn had a big cow about being called “plus size”. Gee, even non-traditional models don’t like that term. Why would any of the rest of us??

    I have never been a big fan of bikinis. As far as I’m concerned, wearing a bikini is akin to wearing lingerie in public. I would hesitate to DO anything in a bikini for fear of looking like a darn fool…or having a wardrobe malfunction. Much like our cover model.
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  14. I know what plus size is (because I am one) and that, my friends, is not a plus-size gal.

    As for the cover model, she’s beautiful and I’m one of the most open-minded people there is. But I think that particular pose would’ve been better inside the magazine. She may as well not be wearing any bottoms.
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