Some said she was too big to be on the cover. Why are men so rarely offered up as objects to behold? The debut Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue hit stands in Unfortunately, it fell flat with viewers and received a ton of backlash. And many people thought the photos were sexist and demeaning to the working class.
Emmeline. Age: 21.
Wearing nothing but bikini bottoms and a mesh coverup, the model was technically more clothed than some past SI figures.
Leia. Age: 22.
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Critics claim Cook was objectifying herself. She tweeted an apology later. Sports Illustrated introduced Ashley Graham, a plus-sized model, on the cover.