Ashley Graham is making history and headlines as the first plus size model to be featured in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue. The size 16 model makes her Sports Illustrated debut in an ad campaign for plus size bikinis.
“I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too,” said Graham of her ground-breaking accomplishment.
Sports Illustrated also announced yesterday that the Swimsuit Issue will feature plus size Australian model Robyn Lawley within its editorial pages. Lawley is a size 12, which is considered plus size — although sometimes controversially — within the modeling and fashion industry.
“I don’t know if I consider myself as a plus-size model or not,” Lawley told Time magazine. “I just consider myself a model because I’m trying to help women in general accept their bodies. ”
Regardless, many people are excited to see Sports Illustrated embrace the plus size swimwear industry, and here at HAPARI, we love to see women of all sizes being comfortable in their own skin.
Of course, we have had a line of plus size swimwear for years, which has included tankinis, one-pieces and our retro-styled Tummy Tuk bottoms. However — in the fall of 2014, we introduced a line of plus size bikinis as part of HAPARI’s Swim 2015 Collection!
Since our beginning, we’ve designed swimwear to help women feel confident and beautiful — no matter her shape. And our new line of plus size bikinis does just that.
Our Push-Up is a beautiful bikini that lifts and supports. Wide straps and sewn-in foam padding make this bikini top really comfortable to wear while providing shape and support for your curves!
The Plus Size Twist Bikini
The Twist Bikini is one of HAPARI’s most popular. This style offers great coverage as well as a subtle-yet-stylish twist embellishment. One of our favorite features of our Twist Bikinis is that the straps can be worn three different ways — as a halter, criss-cross or tank — allowing you to create a style and fit that works best for you!
The Plus Size Tie-Front Bikini
We carefully designed our Tie-Front Bikini to provide better coverage than a traditional string bikini. So you can be confident that you’ll stay covered while you’re having fun in the sun! We also love that you can use the extra-long string ties to style this bikini top to fit your personal style!