“The moment I realized I had to be healthy and happy, that’s when my career took off.”
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  • The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition isn’t exactly a bastion of feminism, but we are enjoying this gorgeous image featuring Ashley Graham – the first plus-sized model to grace their cover.

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  • She’s actually one of three covers for this month, along with model Hailey Clauson and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.

    This is actually the first time the magazine has featured a plus size model on its cover. Sure, she’s still traditionally proportioned, but it’s a step in the right direction.

    Graham told Entertainment Weekly that she was proud of succeeding despite constant pressure from her agents to lose weight:

    “I had agents tell me, ‘You’ll never get on the cover of magazines. You’ll never be an editorial model.’ I had agents wave money in my face and say, ‘If you drop some pounds, you can have a lot more of this!’ And not even THAT was something that encouraged me to lose weight! The moment I realized I had to be healthy and happy in who I was, that’s when my career took off.”

    She went on to say that she hoped her appearance on SI’s cover could help girls see that their curves are beautiful.