This past weekend, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit crowned not one but three models for the first time to grace the covers of 2016’s Swimsuit Edition. MMA fighter Ronda Rousey took the stage alongside fellow models Ashley Graham and Hailey Clauson.
Assistant Managing Editor MJ Day explains the decision to make available three different covers for the first time ever: “The three covers of Hailey, Ronda, and Ashley celebrate the new SI Swimsuit. All three women are beautiful, sexy, and strong. Beauty is not cookie cutter. Beauty is not ‘one size fits all.’ Beauty is all around us and that became especially obvious to me while shooting and editing this year’s issue.”
On selecting Hailey Clauson’s cover: “Hailey Clauson is the definition of a modern bombshell. Learn a little bit about her and you’ll appreciate her beauty even more. Even as unsettling as her beauty can be, one minute in her company, and you’ll feel like you’ve known her for years.”
On selecting Ashley Graham’s cover: “Ashley Graham is a sultry, feminine masterpiece. I dare you not to stare at her. Ashley commands your attention in her photographs. She owns her sexiness in a way that every woman should. Her confidence is contagious.”
On selecting Ronda Rousey’s cover: “Ronda Rousey is a cultural phenomenon. She is the perfect combination of beauty, brains, brawn, and humility. She possesses a spirit bigger than the space around her, and it is both infectious and inspiring. She is a phoenix, as fiery and beautiful as any mythical creature ever depicted.”
Editor Day added, “Every single woman that is booked for this magazine is cover worthy. The collective beauty in the magazine is overwhelming. SI has been, and will always be, about the models. the pictures you see here are a celebration of them.”
Hosts Rebecca Romijn and Nick Cannon announce the results: