Body Paint Is 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Focus For iPhone App

The new 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is getting extra attention since their February 16 NYC launch because of a continued focus on body paint that is now featured in a unique way for an iPhone app. Among the participants in this year’s inside edition for Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit photo focus are Kate Upton, Hunter McGrady, Denise Bidot, Christie Brinkley, and Eugenie Bouchard. In the past couple of years, Sports Illustrated has decided to expand the body types of their swimsuit edition photoshoot to include more than the average measurements women typically have when they work in the fashion runway industry. Although this has been the pattern for several decades, recently Sports Illustrated decided in the past few years to have models for their swimsuit issue that included larger, plus size, and maternal body types as well as the defined builds found in top female athletes. While there was some debate about top athletes wearing next to nothing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, it made a lot of sense to other fans that female athletes would be a priority for a sports-related magazine. Eugenie ‘Genie’ Bouchard at the launch for the 2017 “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue” and model body paint app. [Image by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated] For the 2017 edition, all of the models for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue are wearing bathing suits, but more than ever decided to go ahead with the experiment of wearing body paint instead of a swimsuit. In some cases, it is difficult to tell that the women are wearing body paint instead of swimsuits, and the long-time body paint artist working with Sports Illustrated‘s inside edition is named Joanne Gair AKA Kiwi Jo. In the past, Sports Illustrated also had other models wearing body paint instead of a bathing suit, but this year’s edition goes the full gamut. For example, Emily Ratajkowski body paint bikini bathing suit for Sports Illustrated in 2014. Adding to this, skier Lindsey Vonn also did a Sports Illustrated photoshoot in 2016 with a body paint monokini style. There are currently many photos online of Caroline Wozniacki, Hunter McGrady, and Hannah Ferguson modeling in body paint, but Sports Illustrated also has an iPhone app that shows a 360-degree view of the painted body art for each woman that chose to participate in the experiment, according to Reuters. Although many of the body painted models are imitating bikinis, video of Ronda Rousey from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue shows she is wearing what appears to be a full-body white tiger printed bathing suit. Hunter McGrady and Ashley Graham at the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue” party for the launch of the inside edition and iPhone body paint app. [Image by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated] Body paint as a swimming suit is definitely an upgrade from the recent focus on monokinis like the ones Eugenie Bouchard is famous for modeling. Interestingly, one 2017 Sports Illustrated model that will not be wearing a body paint swimsuit is Denise Bidot. In contrast, Denise Bidot had a modeling campaign in 2014 that involved wearing nothing but body paint for body image awareness, according to Cosmopolitan. Instead, according to People, Denise Bidot decided to specifically not wear any covering paint in 2017 and avoided re-touching photos for her photoshoot with Sports Illustrated in order to raise awareness to her stretch marks. On top of Sports Illustrated making their new swimsuit edition about body paint, the trend has been growing outside of the swimsuit world since November 2016 and will likely continue. For example, for the November Trotting Cup Day horse racing event in Christchurch, New Zealand, body painting instead of fancy derby fashion was heavily demonstrated and photographed. Body paint artists at the event included Angela Pethig. In November 2016, Kylie Jenner stunned fans with a photoshoot with Sasha Samsonova where she wore a dark royal blue body paint that looked like a freshly painted car. Also in November 2016, celebrity music group, The Veronicas, told Daily Mail that their unique stage look for the ARIA Awards in London was due to their use of latex, prosthetic breasts, and body paint. Their look was created by Australian body paint champion, Jess Watson Miller. Anyone that wants to try their luck at being the next Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model can apply at their annual casting calls. Typically held each July, the open audition details and casting calls for swimsuit models is announced on the Sports Illustrated website. [Feature Image by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated]

Christie Brinkley Fights Ageism And Body Shaming, As She Poses With Daughters

This year, Sports Illustrated is presenting the most inclusive swimsuit edition ever, but it’s not just the models gracing their pages that are speaking to the magazine’s new policies on diversity, as Christie Brinkley can attest. Attending the launch of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition for 2017, Brinkley was joined by daughters Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook, 19, and Alexa Ray Joel, 31, but it was the 63-year-old supermodel who drew the most gazes in a sexy red jumpsuit. Christie appeared ageless, as she posed with her daughters and spoke publicly about her hopes for proving that no one should allow ageism and body shaming to inhibit any woman’s dreams. Christie Brinkley Inspires Her Daughters To Fight Ageism It’s Showtime ! Tune into TOMORROW FRIDAY MORNING! @todayshow. I’m co-hosting with Kathy Lee while Hoda’s on holiday! This shots from tonight’s big bash for @si_swimsuit A post shared by Christie Brinkley (@christiebrinkley) on Feb 16, 2017 at 6:52pm PST When Christie Brinkley walked into the Sports Illustrated launch party for their swimsuit edition, she was accompanied by a daughter on each arm, but, as Entertainment Tonight shared, that wasn’t what caught everyone’s attention. Brinkley was dressed in a cherry red jumpsuit that hugged every curve of her body, proving that, even at 63, Brinkley still has what it takes to become the center of attention. Her iconic beauty was undiminished by time. Alexa and Sailor were openly proud of their mother, speaking to the longevity of Christie’s beauty and youthful appearance. Sailor said that she hopes she can be like Christie, still posing in bikinis at 60 and becoming a symbol for women of all walks of life. She added that Brinkley’s appearance in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue goes a long way toward fighting practices of ageism and body image prejudices, which is something Sailor feels strongly about fighting with her own modeling career. “And also, I think what made such a big impact with this photo, of the three of us, and us all doing the shoot is that we’re all different types, we’re all different heights,” Alexa added. “I’m 5’3″, these two are, you know, tall blond stunners… I’m not a model, I’m a musician.” Alexa also said that she has always admired mother Christie Brinkley for her shapely figure, pointing out that, even though Brinkley is tall and thin, she has also maintained a curvy physique through the years. “She’s not, like, the standard runway models — she has curves, she has actual hips, you know — and it’s a beautiful thing, and she always rocks it, and that’s a part of why she looks so healthy.” Christie Brinkley Embraces Her Role As A Pop Culture Icon Had a TREEmendous Day Today now we’re BRANCHing out and heading to Houston for @si_swimsuit #vibes #si2017 A post shared by Christie Brinkley (@christiebrinkley) on Feb 16, 2017 at 8:41pm PST “It’s so amazing to hear people call me an icon,” Brinkley told Fox News. Christie admits it never occurred to her that she might be watching her daughters realize their own dreams 38 years ago, when she was just starting out as a model, herself. In one image for the swimsuit issue, Brinkley is posing alone, dressed in a black, one piece bathing suit, which is largely made out of mesh and reveals Christie from the open neckline to her bare thighs. The supermodel proves she still has the body and the confidence to go along with it, as she seduces the camera with her iconic gaze. Later, Christie posed with her daughters, all three women dressed in black, contrasting against the sunny, tropical backdrop. Sailor and Alexa wore black, two-piece bikinis, while Christie was dressed in another black one-piece with larger black mesh designs. @christiebrinkley is back in a bikini for #SISwim 2017 (and she’s brought two very special guests!). A post shared by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (@si_swimsuit) on Feb 6, 2017 at 5:51pm PST Ms. Brinkley shared that the idea to feature her with her daughters came from a Sports Illustrated editor. “[A] Sports Illustrated editor came up with the idea for [the] mom and daughters shoot,” Brinkley explained. “[The editor] saw Sailor and thought she was my mini-me [and] Alexa has [a] Sofia Loren look.” The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue launch was celebrated in New York City on Thursday. [Featured Image by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images]

Ashley Graham Returns For Her Second Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Shoot

Last year, Ashley Graham made headlines as the first size 16 to ever grace a Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover, launching a high profile modeling career that has included Vogue covers and her own plus size Barbie doll. Now, Graham is again going to be a featured swimsuit model for Sports Illustrated, proving that once was not enough. Sharing news of the recent swimsuit shoot, Ashley talks about the past year and what she has planned for the future, as well as her experience in modeling for Sports Illustrated for a second time. Ashley Graham Is Once Again Bearing Her Bikini-Clad Body For Sports Illustrated Ashley Graham will return for her second Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. [Image by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images] Ms. Graham has said that her first Sports Illustrated photo shoot changed her life, so, as People reports, it seemed like a no brainer for Ashley to again join the ranks of fashion’s hottest models in filling up Sports Illustrated‘s latest swimsuit edition. If Graham had expected a repeat of last year’s shoot, she was pleasantly surprised. The model and fashion designer says this year’s photos are more “high end” and compared the experience to her recent shoots with Vogue. Ashley describes this year’s swimsuit photos as sexy with an editorial edge, but she’s quick to add that working with a new and renowned photographer has added to the high quality images. “I’ve never shot with Yu Tsai before, he is so charismatic and what I really like about Yu Tsai is he lets me be me,” says Graham. Tsai returns the compliment, saying that Ashley exudes confidence and that translates into a special kind of magic for photographer and model. Yu says Graham’s energy can be felt in her photographs, as well as through his camera lens. To become a regular member of the Sports Illustrated family, Graham says it feels like she’s been validated as a model and as a woman. She also says she’s grateful for the opportunity to continue living her dream. “Every single day I’m pinching myself…because I had no idea that any dream that I ever thought of could actually be a reality and I feel so lucky and so blessed to be where I am today.” Michael Kors Also Courted Ashley Graham Ashley Graham models Michael Kors’ fall/winter line at New York Fashion Week. [Image by JP Yim/Getty Images] While being asked to return for another Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue was certainly enough to fill Graham with pride, it was, by no means, her only boastful accomplishment in recent weeks, as her walk down the runway at New York Fashion Week can attest. Elle reports that Ashley modeled outfits for Michael Kors, helping to bring attention to the fashion house’s fall/winter collection at the annual event. Graham’s participation in the runway show is significant, particularly because Kors previously stated that there wouldn’t be an opportunity to present plus size models in his fashion shows in the foreseeable future. “The only reason we don’t have plus size on the runway, for me to have the range of sizes I would have to have a football stadium filled with clothes before I was able to put on a fashion show. I’d have to have everything from a size 2 to a size 18,” Michael Kors previously said. The fashion designer added that, just because plus sizes aren’t represented in fashion shows, that doesn’t mean they aren’t available. At the time, Kors said the sizes modeled are meant to be representative of a wider range of sizes that run up to a size 16. For her part in the fashion show, Ashley Graham modeled a one-piece black dress with a matching wide belt and a salt and pepper fur coat, which was draped around her shoulders. Ms. Graham turned heads at New York Fashion Week and may have given Michael Kors reason to take back his limiting comments on using plus size models for future fashion events. [Featured Image by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images]