Body positivity advocate Ashley Graham is on fire as she danced topless in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit video.
Graham landed the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in 2016, being the first plus-size model to ever grace the front-page. Though she is not this year's cover girl, the 30-year-old author made sure that she caught fire as she posed confidently for the shoot.
This year's shoot took place in the island of Nevis, a beautiful backdrop for the swimsuit-clad (or -less) Graham as she was photographed by Josie Clough. In the video, the body activist initially wore revealing and low-cut swimsuits. She even wore some of her designs from her swimsuit line, Swimsuits for All x Ashley Graham.
She began working it toward the camera, as captured on the video, while winds are caressing her hair. As a fierce woman as she is, she eventually posed topless. Even so, Graham made sure that she would still leave some for people's imagination as she used her bare hands and arms to cover her breasts.
Indeed, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit also agreed that Graham oozed with confidence this year.
"@theashleygraham is back for a third year with #SISwim. And it might just be her hottest year yet!" the outlet said in their Instagram account.
Fans of Graham would know her roots well with the swimsuit magazine. She first appeared in 2015 in an ad, but after a year, as mentioned, she finally got the cover all to herself.
Since then, she had been a regular. Apart from this, the Nebraska-born model, who graced the runway in the recent Prabal Gurung New York Fashion Week show, had scored numerous appearance in several giant fashion magazines. These include Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Glamour, and Elle.
2018 Cover Girl
Meanwhile, this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover was graced by 24-year-old newcomer Danielle Herrington. The Compton, California-raised model wore a stringy pink bikini in her latest project, which was revealed on Tuesday.
The much-talked about Herrington was very vocal about her inspiration, supermodel Tyra Banks, who was the first black woman to hit the front page of the magazine.
"I just always aspired to be like her and follow in her footsteps," Herrington revealed.
This year, Banks had been tasked by the magazine to do the honors of revealing to Herrington the good news. In a video shared on Instagram, the latter can be seen being emotional as her idol gave the surprise of her life.
Banks congratulated Herrington. Graham also expressed her joy for the young model.