Nicki Minaj Copies Lil Kim, Shows A Boob in Paris– Azealia Banks Shows Her Butt

Nicki Minaj and Azealia Banks seem to be battling over who can wear less at Paris Fashion Week. First Nicki Minaj left one of her breasts out of her jacket at Hader Ackerman’s Fall/Winter show. Minaj, who was was seated in the front row, wore a metallic pasty over her nipple. The rest of her body was covered by a Mugler jacket, Givenchy shorts, Alexandre Vauthier heels and purple Veronique Leroy sunglasses, according to Entertainment Tonight. Interestingly enough the original Mugler design featured a bra to cover the left breast. @nickiminaj posed at the @h.a show for #ParisFashionWeek clad in a @muglerofficial one sleeve blazer, @givenchyofficial shorts, @alexandrevauthier shoes, @agentprovocateur pasties and @veroniqueleroyofficiel shades. Thoughts on her look? #nickiminaj #mugler #givenchy #alexandrevauthier #agentprovocateur #veroniqueleroy #style #fashion #instastyle #instafashion #celebritystyle #fashionbombdaily A post shared by Fashion Bomb Daily (@fashionbombdaily) on Mar 4, 2017 at 5:57am PST The look is very reminiscent of an outfit that Lil Kim once wore with one breast exposed to the 1999 VMA’s. Nicki minaj: “Can i copy your homework?”
lil Kim: ” Yea but don’t make it obvious” pic.twitter.com/2Jbvi2I8KW — ㅤㅤㅤ (@Marque_se) March 4, 2017 Lil Kim chatted with Billboard recently about the look which became iconic. “If I wore that same damn outfit to the club, you would look at me like I’m a damned fool,” she told Billboard. “People still say, ‘Put that purple outfit back on!’ That’s bulls–t. They don’t want to see me in that outfit.” The fact that Nicki Minaj would wear a look that’s so similar to one of Lil Kim’s past looks is interesting since it’s well known they’re not exactly the best of friends. Kim fans have repeatedly slammed Nicki for copying her then dissing her in raps. However these days, Lil Kim seems to be not be focusing on the beef she has or had with Nicki Minaj, although she did offer a comment on the Remy Ma Minaj diss track, “Shether.” “They have a rumor out there like, ‘Kim is gonna do a diss track with Remy,’” she said to Billboard. “First of all, let me tell you this. Number one: y’all giving ol’ girl too much credit. I’m not even thinking about that. I’m not even thinking about ol’ girl! I’m so far past that. That’s never on my mind. Ever. Ol’ girl has never been on my mind for a long a** time at all. So I hate the fact of that being in the equation.” Nicki Minaj seemed to be addressing claims that she was inspired by Lil Kim when she shared a photo of her outfit next to a picture of a painting by Picasso. The figure in the painting has one breast exposed. #RP @carolinedemaigret ???? #Picasso 1907 #NickiInPARIS A post shared by Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) on Mar 5, 2017 at 8:01am PST RELATED POSTS ON INQUISITR Foxy Brown Beats Nicki Minaj To Remy Ma Diss Track, Accused Of Going Too Far Blac Chyna Furious As Nicki Minaj Reportedly Flirts With Future: Feud Erupts? Nicki Minaj Being Forced To Write Remy Ma Diss Track By Lil Wayne, Drake? Remy Ma’s Wendy Williams Video: Nicki Minaj’s Butt, Shether, ‘Not A Nice Person’ Ebro Darden Denies Nicki Minaj Affair On Remy Ma’s ‘ShETHER’, Papoose Responds Paris Fashion Week seems to be the place to be if you’re a female rapper who wants to show a lot of skin. The Mirror reports that Azealia Banks also bared all but she chose to expose her buns instead of her boobs. The polarizing rapper wore a pair of shorts with most of the fabric missing to the Moncler and Greg Lauren ‘Collide’ party in Paris. Banks paired the look with a navy winter coat and black lace up boots. Azealia Banks shows up in thong shorts at 2017 Paris Fashion Week https://t.co/HBJeb072Up pic.twitter.com/iwjWDbN7NT — XXL Magazine (@XXL) March 4, 2017 In some circles Azealia Banks not Remy Ma is thought to be the intended target for Nicki Minaj’s diss on the “Make Love” track with Gucci Mane. Nicki’s verse on that rap is what triggered Remy’s “Shether” diss. [Featured Images by Brad Barket, Cassandra Hannagan/Getty Images]

The Heartwarming Reason Behind Princess Diana’s Wardrobe

It was revealed that Princess Diana’s sense of style was linked to her desire to make unforgettable contact with people – she didn’t like wearing gloves, hats, and chunky accessories for she wanted to make it easy for people to approach her. The People’s Princess was loved by many because most of her ways were different than the members of the House of Windsor. She once declared, “I don’t go by a rule book, because I lead from the heart, not the head, and albeit that’s got me into trouble in my work.” When she died at the early age of 36, her supporters were devastated. In the new exhibit entitled “Diana: Her Fashion Story,” gallery goers are able to see 25 of her iconic outfits. Each outfit has a fascinating tale. Exhibit curator Eleri Lyn told the People that the mother-of-two stopped wearing gloves to “convey approachability and warmth.” “She abandoned the royal protocol of wearing gloves because she liked to hold hands when visiting people or shake hands and have direct contact.” Princess Diana also decided not to wear hats because according to her, “You can’t cuddle a child in a hat.” A Bruce Oldfield dress that was worn by Princess Diana [Image by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images] The curator said that whenever she would visit hospitals, Princess Diana picked her clothes carefully. “When she was visiting hospitals for example she would wear cheerful clothes that would convey warmth and often chunky jewelry so that children could come and play with them,” she said. Designer Zandra Rhodes, who eventually became Princess Diana’s close friend, worked with the royal ever since she came into her store in 1986. While some steered clear of Zandra’s designs because of her green then pink hair, Princess Diana showed interest. Zandra told Hello that the Princess of Wales “had her own little ways of not conforming.” Now 76, Zandra considers herself lucky for getting the chance to see Princes Diana blossom over time. “Getting to know her a little over the years was fascinating. She grew in confidence, although I did notice she bit her nails. She grew into the job and became aware of her power. It was like watching a swan grow.” Even if she became more comfortable in her own skin, Zandra said that Diana remained “as open and friendly as she was” the first time they met. Princess Diana of Wales smiling as she prepares to embrace a woman in the crowd, on the streets of Carmarthen, Wales, October 29th 1981. [Image by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images] Her effect to people is truly lasting that the Diana Award, a charity highlighting the importance of kindness and compassion to other people, declared March 31 as U.K.’s “National Kindness Day.” In May, the charity will have a ceremony to honor young people across the globe who have been embodying Diana’s attributes. They will also have the opportunity to spend some time at the family’s Althorp home where Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, will serve as the host. The Diana Award hopes to achieve 20,000 recorded acts of kindness from people upon launching the group’s microsite soon. It is the group’s goal to encourage people to do good and celebrate Diana’s “values of compassion, kindness and service to others, irrespective of their culture, race or background.” In a further bid to keep her memory alive, Prince William and Prince Harry will have a statue of their mother built in the public gardens of Kensington Palace. BBC shared the joint statement of the two princes. “It has been 20 years since our mother’s death and the time is right to ­recognize her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue. Our mother touched so many lives. We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy.” Queen Elizabeth II reportedly supports the plans of her grandsons’ who have also continued the humanitarian works of Princess Diana. [Featured Image by Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images]

Gigi Hadid Sparks Fashion Controversy With Fake Hijab On 'Vogue Arabia' Cover

Gigi Hadid is back in the news and this time she’s the one at fault, or so say some of the supermodels critics, after she posed for Vogue Arabia’s new cover. The issue, which is due out on March 5, is to be the first for a new audience: those in the Middle East with a taste for fashion and luxurious living. As such, Vogue Arabia is set to establish new trends in fashion, beginning with Gigi Hadid donning a bejeweled, sheer white hijab. Teasing the issue, Vogue Arabia released an image for the cover of the upcoming inaugural issue, only to be included in the backlash, which was primarily aimed at Gigi Hadid. Hidden Beneath A Hijab, Gigi Hadid Reveals Her Palestinian Roots I think the beautiful thing about there being international Vogue’s is that, as a fashion community, we are able to celebrate, and share with the world, different cultures. Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be on the first-ever cover(s) of @voguearabia, and I hope that this magazine will show another layer of the fashion industry’s desire to continue to accept, celebrate, and incorporate all people & customs and make everyone feel like they have fashion images and moments they can relate to… & learn and grow in doing so. ❤ Thank you @deenathe1st for your vision and for having me on this cover… by the incredible @inezandvinoodh – so much love. A post shared by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on Mar 1, 2017 at 9:11am PST It seems there could be no better choice for Vogue Arabia’s first cover than Gigi Hadid, because, as E! News shares, the supermodel does come from the Middle East. More specifically, Gigi revealed that she’s half Palestinian in an Instagram posting. The post shares Gigi’s Vogue Arabia cover in which she’s seen looking seductively at the camera through the veil of her jewel encrusted hijab, which, unlike most hijabs, is not dark and opaque. Instead, Hadid wears a see through white sheer veil with her face only partially hidden by the jewels. In captioning the image, Gigi credits Vogue for bringing fashion and the diversity of different cultures to all parts of the world, through the international editions of the magazine. “Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be on the first-ever cover(s) of @voguearabia, and I hope that this magazine will show another layer of the fashion industry’s desire to continue to accept, celebrate, and incorporate all people & customs and make everyone feel like they have fashion images and moments they can relate to… & learn and grow in doing so,” wrote Ms. Hadid. Gigi closed her thoughts by thanking the Vogue Arabia staff for inviting her to pose for the magazine’s first cover, sending her love and best wishes for a successful launch. Vogue Arabia Stirs Criticism Over Gigi Hadid’s Hijab Love to the both of you @gigihadid @inezandvinoodh @voguearabia #voguearabiaisme #voguearabia A post shared by Deenathe1st (@deenathe1st) on Mar 1, 2017 at 2:17pm PST As Yahoo Style shares, everyone is not as open to bringing fashion trends to the Middle East as Gigi Hadid and the editors of Vogue Arabia are hoping. For evidence of this, one needs only to follow the magazine or the supermodel on social media, where critics have already called out the new magazine’s first cover for making light of traditional Middle East attire. While Abdulaziz, the editor and chief for Vogue Arabia, suggests that Gigi Hadid was the perfect choice as the first face to tackle fashion in the Middle East, the public is not as accepting of Hadid. Some have suggested Middle Eastern notables, such as Sheikha Mozah or Queen Rania, or Saudi Arabian models might have been better choices for the new issue. “Vogue Arabia just gonna be another Vogue. Not a win in the fight for diversity & representation we hoped. Princess Editor got it wrong,” tweeted one user. The same user previously commented that Vogue Arabia, in targeting the Middle East, should be more in line with that society, instead of bringing in celebrities from western societies. “Instead of a model wearing a fake hijab, you should have shown respect to the culture by showing a true iconic Arab fashionista,” tweeted A Fashionistas Diary. “Gigi Hadid only claims her ethnicity when it’s time to post something controversial on instagram or to pose for Vogue Arabia,” writes a third Twitter critic. In response, CEO and publisher Shashi Menon for Vogue Arabia has said that the magazine will feature 90 percent original content and editorial content will be published in two languages to make it more accessible. Menon went on to suggest that Ms. Hadid was perfect for the magazine’s cover, because she’s representative of the “marquee, high-gloss content in the region — across both print and digital” that Vogue Arabia seeks to bolster. [Featured Image by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images]

Who Designed Ivanka Trump And Melania Trump's Joint Session Of Congress Outfits?

President Trump addressed the joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. However, viewers couldn’t help but to notice Ivanka and Melania Trump’s stylish outfits. Now people are dying to know who designed them. First Lady Melania Trump heard every word her husband President Trump said from the house balcony on Tuesday. @FLOTUS today, as President Trump signs two bills in the Oval Office ???????? #melaniatrump #firstlady #flotus #presidenttrump #donaldtrump #potus #whitehouse #makeamericagreatagain A post shared by FLOTUS (@melaniaatrump) on Feb 28, 2017 at 1:20pm PST CNN reported that Melania Trump was expected to be joined in the Commander in Chief’s designated box by family members of people who had been killed by undocumented immigrants. This was all a plot to underscore one of Donald Trump’s key issues. Melania Trump stunned in an embroidered Michael Kors suit. The black ensemble was paired with a wide belt from the spring collection. Melania arriving for President Trump’s #AddressToCongress tonight ???????? (February 28, 2017) #melaniatrump #flotus #firstlady #donaldtrump #presidenttrump #potus #makeamericagreatagain #jointaddress A post shared by FLOTUS (@melaniaatrump) on Feb 28, 2017 at 6:34pm PST The Michael Kors jacket retails for $5,000. The matching skirt she wore sells for $4,600. Ivanka Trump also grabbed eyes for her fashion choice Tuesday evening, wearing a bright pink Roland Mouret Rawlings dress that sells for $2,995, according to E! News. Getting ready to leave The White House with @realdonaldtrump as he prepares to address Congress #JointSession A post shared by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Feb 28, 2017 at 5:28pm PST Some people called Melania Trump’s embellished skirt “inappropriate.” Who wears black sequins to Congress?. Where you going after the speech Melania, da club? #JointAddress — Wendy L. Wilson (@WendyLWilson_) March 1, 2017 People on Twitter began comparing the First Lady to Joan Collins in Dynasty. Melania is dressed like Joan Collins in Dynasty. #JointSession — Joanna Meier (@JoannaMeier) March 1, 2017 The last time I saw a sparkly suit like that, Joan Collins was wearing it on Dynasty ???? — Kelly Robbins (@Ceollaigh) March 1, 2017 #Melania is wearing sequins and #IvankaTrump is wearing off-shoulder. #MoneyDoesntBuyClass#trumpaddress — Carolyn Dolan (@carolyn145) March 1, 2017 OTHER RELATED POSTS BY THE INQUISITR Bush Calls Media ‘Indispensable To Democracy,’ Trump Calls Press The ‘Enemy’ Why Is Trump Skipping The White House Correspondents’ Dinner? Who Else Bailed? Donald Trump Says Mexico Wall Is Ready To Be Built, Contractors Prepare Bids Donald Trump, Billy Bush Leak Was An Inside Job Planned By NBC, Insiders Claim Trump Will Bypass Courts To Deport As Many Immigrants As Possible As the internet has caught on to the First Lady and President Trump’s fashions, the past looks have sold out at stores around the country. Who can forget the pussy bow blouse? #Melania at the second presidential debate (October 9, 2016) #melaniatrump #trump #trump2016 #trumppence2016 #firstlady #president #presidentialdebate #presidential #debate #2016election #presidentialelection A post shared by FLOTUS (@melaniaatrump) on Dec 20, 2016 at 1:45pm PST Despite the extremely high prices, people have not been able to get their hands on the Trump ladies’ style choices quick enough. Melania Trump reportedly received a standing ovation at the event from Congress, according to Daily Mail. The First Lady of the United States stood on stage with widows of men killed by illegal immigrants for Trump’s “biggest speech yet.” [Image by Alex Wong/Getty Images] WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 28: First lady Melania Trump arrives to a joint session of the U.S. Congress with U.S. President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump’s first address to Congress is expected to focus on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) ‘Jamiel’s 17-year-old son was viciously murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member who had just been released from prison. Jamiel Jr. was an incredible young man with unlimited potential who was getting ready to go to college where he would have excelled as a great college quarterback. ‘But he never got the chance. ‘Also with us are Susan Oliver, and Jessica Davis. Their husbands… were slain in the line of duty in California. They were pillars of their community. These brave men were viciously gunned down by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record and two prior deportations. He should have never been in the country. ‘Sitting with Susan is his daughter Jenna. Jenna, I want you to know your father is a hero and tonight you have the love of entire country supporting you and praying for you.” Do you love Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump’s style? Let us know what you think in the comment section below. [Featured Image by Alex Wong/Getty Images]

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]