This year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is about more than just celebrating the models’ bodies. Named “In Her Own Words” the project was shot by an all-female team who handed over complete control to the women that were featured.
By using a stripped down studio and giving the models complete artistic and creative control, SI created a platform with which Aly Raisman, Ashley Graham and co. could share their passions, strength, and voice.
As part of this year’s theme, each woman carried a different message on their bodies. Raisman, for example, posed nude with messages for abuse survivors written on her body.
Slogans such as “every voice matters” and “trust yourself” were among the many messages shared by the women.
Check out the official cover below and then scroll on to see who is featured in this year’s issue.
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Anne de Paula
So excited to finally see the photos for the 2018 @si_swimsuit issue!❕❕ Captured by @josie_clough. ✨ I am beyond happy, can’t wait to celebrate with my girls tomorrow. Thanks to everyone involved, Nevis is a magical place and you guys are INCREDIBLE. ✨❤️ @mj_day @ja_neyney @darciebaum @adammaclay @bryanzaragoza_ @kbhendrix @cindiblairproductions @wilhelminamodels @helen.shuli @sergiomattos40
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I’m so glad this isn’t a secret anymore! Yo gurl is a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model! This shoot wasn’t easy(not just physically) but mentally. It’s so so so rare to see women with disabilities in the public view of sexy. I’m so proud to help curve that view and thank you @mj_day For taking a chance on me! You should feel sexy in your skin. It’s YOUR skin. Now here’s a picture of a whole lot of my skin! Check out my video and interview where I get raw with emotions. @si_swimsuit thank you to the amazing hair and make up team @bryanzaragoza_ @ericgabrielxx and for the hot shots @jamesmacari
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Let me tell you something about LOVE: Love isn't all about romance and attraction. Love isn't just a feeling you get. Love isn't something you give away and hope for in return. Love is transformative. Love is making a commitment to become the best version of yourself. Love is aligning your choices with your goals. Love is holding yourself accountable for the spaces you occupy and the people you surround yourself with. Love is being true to yourself regardless of the circumstances. Love is sharing your light with the world even when the world says you're not enough. Love is HEALING. Love is TRUTH. Love is GRATITUDE. Love is FEARLESS. Love is AUTHENTICITY. Love is the catalyst for our growth as individuals and our evolution as a species. Love is the reason I am here today. I am LOVE. I am UNCONDITIONAL. I am INFINITE. I am PASSIONATE. I am Ebonee Davis. I am a 2018 @SI_Swimsuit ROOKIE! #InHerOwnWords
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The day finally cameeeeee!! ❤️??❤️ Huge love to the power family of @si_swimsuit for producing an incredible issue, forever inspired by your work to diversify the industry and encourage every one of your models to be their best selves, thank you for all the love & support ☀️ Launch day tomorrow! #SiSwim #Aussie #Rookie
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This year of shooting @si_swimsuit for me was all about embracing my body and also embracing all the hard work that I have put into being the best me for me. I have been through all sorts of up and downs with body image and not taking care of my body within this crazy industry. I have been through a 3 year journey of health and fitness of getting into the best shape for me and what makes me feel healthy. I train like an athlete, eat clean and treat myself to pizza when I want it. I’ve never felt this physically and mentally strong in my life! We are all different in many ways and have different things that make us feel our best. Embrace Your beauty and Be the best you for you and NOBODY else! #thebestmeforme
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So…. a little thing happened this morning…..the digital release of a certain publication that a nerdy redhead from Minnesota has idolized for years and years and years….. @si_swimsuit 2018 IS HERE!!!!!!!! AND I’M IN IT!!!! ??????❤️????? NO LIE THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED!!! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!! I REPEAT, NOT A DRILL!!!!!!!!! ???❤️ D R E A M. C O M E. T R U E!!!!!! #WhatisLife #ReppingForTheRedheads #SISwimSearch #ImNotRemainingCalm #ICriedInAnAirport #NoJokeICriedInTheAirport
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I am WORTHY, I am FEARLESS, I have CONFIDENCE, I am BOUNDLESS, I am RESILIENT, I am POWERFUL, I am ALL ME. I am no longer bound by the chains that society has put on me to fit a certain mold that has been so confining and brainwashing. Thank You @si_swimsuit @mj_day for taking on the “In Her Own Words” Project and @taylorbphoto for creating it. You continue to break the glass ceiling in a world that is so very afraid to do so.
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My heart is so full today ⚡️❤️ Excited to share the first look at the @si_swimsuit edition 2018 as I’m en route to NYC to celebrate the launch . This milestone in my career has been an absolute dream come true and I’ve worked so hard to get here. Also, MAJOR congratulations in order to the stunning cover model @danielle_herrington_ who is representing SI and especially all women of color so beautifully ??❤️ Thank you to my family, friends, agents and the entire Sports Illustrated team for believing in me . Link in my bio for the full gallery and don’t forget to purchase the issue on newsstands NATIONWIDE tomorrow! #SI #SiSwim @sportsillustrated @mj_day @nextmodelsmia @onemanagement @mpmanagementlosangeles @mpmanagementchicago @directionsusa @1month_tolift
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What a surreal experience! Being in New York and being able to see the images from @si_swimsuit 2018 has finally made this all feel real! Thanks @si_swimsuit, @mj_day and the crew for making this happen, Massive congratulations to the cover girl @danielle_herrington_ ????I’m so happy to be a part of the @sportsillustrated family ????
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So thrilled to be back with the @si_swimsuit family for my sophomore year! And to be included in not one, but ✌? shoots! What a dream ? Thank you to both amazing teams – @yutsai88 @tracymurphymua @jrugg8 in Aruba, @taylorbphoto @robynlawley and @marymguthrie in New York, and eternal thanks to the ultimate team that makes my dreams possible @mj_day @ja_neyney @darciebaum @agray35 @kbhendrix @mothermodel @nextmodels TIME TO CELEBRATE! ✨? #siswimsuit2018
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What an incredible experience to be a part of the "In her own words" campaign. It is an honor to be able to continue the conversation around women, our bodies, and our strengths. When I first heard about the shoot, I was not only nervous about being physically exposed but also being so emotionally exposed. All of the words and phrases I chose for my body are a reflection of my fears, insecurities, and struggles. It took intense self-reflection which can be challenging but I knew if I could be completely candid then more women might realize we are much more alike than we think. We struggle in so many of the same ways. We are all so beautiful when we have the courage to make ourselves vulnerable and real- – And we should never be ashamed! Thanks @si_swimsuit, @mj_day and @taylorbphoto for allowing me to take this journey. I respect the women who are in this issue so much and I am grateful for the honesty and strength that made this campaign so meaningful. We are changing the world!
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“I write. Words are my life. And as for nudity: Having grown up in Sweden, I was taught that being naked is healthy and honest. (Although nude photos are often sexualized, it’s usually the reveal of it—or the not reveal—that makes it so.) But believing nudity is fine doesn’t necessarily translate into wanting to pose nude for a photograph. Once your nudity is captured, it belongs to others who can and will dissect it and judge. And as I said, although I feel more confident as a person, this in no way translates to being confident about my looks. At 52 and unaltered, people tell me I look good for my age. This is not the same as being told you’re beautiful.” . . Full #SIswimsuit essay link in my bio. @si_swimsuit @mj_day @taylorbphoto @marymguthrie @robynlawley @campbellritchie @frankelfresh @avarikki @justinewarwick @joannagiunta @alyssaconroy #SISwim2018
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Rise and shine✨✨✨ #NEW Robin for @si_swimsuit? #robinholzken . . #gainpost #harrystyles #louistomlinson #arianagrande #followtrain #dancemoms #selenagomez #justinbieber #dualipa #love #supreme #likeforlike #gainposts #like4like #likeforfollow #likingback #uglyfollowtrain #followus #cashfollowtrain #groupgain #selfie #arianator #onedirection #taylorswift #beyonce #rihanna #sarasampaio #victoriassecret
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Coming back for my 4th time in @si_swimsuit ???However the coolest part? it was shot by my home girl @taylorbphoto a project titled 'In Her Own Words' video I ? to come. Hair, makeup and painted words by @marymguthrie . When you have to think of what words would you put on your body the only condition is they have to be positive what would you chose?read more via link in bio ❤❤ #sneakpeek
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Sailor Brinkley Cook
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To think just a little over a year ago I was still working part-time as a maid, literally scrubbing floors after I completed photo shoots, constantly questioning if this “modeling thing” was going to work out. Suffice it to say, I think I’m doing pretty well I cannot believe that I get to be apart of this great legacy that is @si_swimsuit! Thank you @mj_day and the SI team for taking risks and being a champion for diversity. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and want to remind everyone to always believe in yourself, trust the process, and never give up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ? @yutsai88 MUA @paulyblanch Hair @djquintero Suits are tagged
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Ahhhhhh…Finally! I can reveal the secret! I’m beyond excited to be back on a pages of Sport Illustrated Swimsuit 2018!❤️ As a Russian girl who came to NYC 6years ago with a small suitcase and big dreams-I couldn’t imagine how far it will all go. I want to thank all @si_swimsuit team for working so hard on putting it all together and make this dream happened for a girls just like me. A special BIG thank you to @mj_day for embracing women’s beauty and been the best supporter and of coz @darciebaum and @ja_neyney for bringing the brightest energy on set and helping us figure out with the most complicated swimsuits?? Big thank to photographer and videographer team @josie_clough capturing this unforgettable moments.? And of coz glam squad @bryanzaragoza_ and @adammaclay for making me look ?? it wouldn’t be all possible withought you ? And let’s the party begin? #siswim #siswimsuit #sportillustratedswimsuit #sportillustratedswimsuit2018 #vitasidorkina
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