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It’s official. Megan Thee Stallion is the latest cover girl of Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit edition.
“REAL SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT EDITION COVER MODEL SH-T!!! 😛🔥Thee first female rapper on the cover of @si_swimsuit 😭😭 I want to thank all the strong women in my life who inspired me to love my body and live my best hot girl life. It means the world to me to be on this cover DREAM COME TRUE!! 😛 #SISwim21” the rapper captioned the post on Instagram.
Speaking to CNN about her S.I. cover, Megan asserts that curvaceous women with natural bodies can and should be revered.
“Shooting the cover made me feel really empowered and happy,” she told the news outlet. “It made me feel good to know that women who have bodies like me can be celebrated. Not just the standard types that we have seen before.”
Speaking to People about the shoot, she called the experience “magical.”
“I had been training for months and I was super prepared. I got into the shoot right away. [Photographer] James [Macari] said he usually doesn’t get into the water until the fourth or fifth set-up, but we were both in the ocean from the start,” she explained. “The day was perfect and I had a blast.”
Since being in the spotlight, Megan has constantly spoken out against body shamers and industry body ideals.
During her debut at the American Music Awards (AMAs), she performed her hit song, “Body.”
However, before she took to the stage, the Houston rapper aired a pre-recorded video of herself conveying a poignant message about self-love. “I love my body. Every curve, every inch, every mark, every dimple is a decoration on my temple,” she says in the clip.
Meg continued: “My body is mine. And nobody owns it but me. And who I choose to let in is so lucky. You may not think my body is perfect, and it probably never will be. But when I look in the mirror, I love what I see.”