Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition to feature first ever plus-size model

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HARTFORD – Every year, Sports Illustrated comes out with a highly anticipated Swimsuit Edition.  2015’s edition, which will be on newsstands Monday, Feb. 9, will feature the magazine’s first ever plus-size model, Ashley Graham.

The brunette beauty will appear in the magazine as part of an ad for Swimsuits For All.

“We are entering the curvy girl era and when all eyes are on the bikini babes of Sports Illustrated, it would be a great time to have the conversation about the rise of the curvy girl,” a spokeswoman for the magazine said in an email to WPIX.

“I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too. There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt,” Graham said in a press release. “The world is ready for more curves in bikinis. Swimsuits For All” helps women feel confident and sexy in swimsuits and I am so thrilled to be a part of the #CurvesinBikinis campaign!”