Sports Illustrated is making history with a trio of beauties

Gigi out and about in New York

Gigi out and about in New York

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue will be available on newsstands Monday.

Sports Illustrated has released the covers of its latest swimsuit issue, and according to the magazine, this is the first time there has been three different covers.

"The three covers of Hailey, Ronda and Ashley celebrate the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit".

Having that body - a toned, muscular cut that doesn't conform to the toothpick image of conventional feminine beauty - spurred her into the shoot. In fact, she was one of the first curvy or plus-size models to appear in the issue itself, first in an advertisement last year, and then within the editorial pages for this year's issue.

The size 14 model posted a picture of her magazine cover on Instagram, dedicating it to "every woman who felt like she wasn't attractive enough because of her size". "You can do and achieve anything you put your mind to", she added in the caption.

The models had a chance to dish on their thoughts about being selected as a cover star.

Graham, who is size 16, is considered plus-sized, which the magazine addressed on its website.

"I wasn't quite sure if I was comfortable at first with body paint, but I said yes", Vonn said on "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed", which aired Saturday night on TNT.

"Ronda Rousey is a cultural phenomenon".

The Russian beauty wore her long brunette locks in loose waves and sported nude lipstick to compliment her look.

 

On choosing Hailey Clauson's cover: "Hailey Clauson is the definition of a modern bombshell". The issue hits the stands on February 15, and the model is making sure that other women feel included and celebrated as part of her historic role.

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