WATCH: Non-Models Do The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Poses On The Beach

Sports Illustrated has been putting out their swimsuit issues for decades.  And every time they do, one side of the female body image divide or the other takes offense: these are either not REAL women and the way women’s bodies really are, or THEY ARE CELEBRATING FAT AND UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLES!  (This writer had something to say about that.)

Well, a few brave ladies of all shapes, races, and abilities got together on the beach to recreate some of the most famous magazine covers ever printed and discovered that what Sports Illustrated really has been celebrating and promoting all these years is body strength, flexibility, and holding really unnatural body positions for a very long time.  (Note to self: PILATES!!!!!)

Regardless of the overt diversity message of this offering from Buzzfeed, the reality that it presents – non-models can look good on the beach, too – is refreshing.  Yes, there are concerns that friends and family will see more than they really need to, and that the body is objectified in this way, but what is not is the idea that beauty is objectified or that one MUST be insecure if a body type is not just the perfect, airbrushed item on the front cover of Sports Illustrated.

Congratulations to Macey J. Foronda for the great photography.

The other lesson learned, and this is something for all of us to consider, is that modeling – really any job in the entertainment industry – is not as easy as it looks.  Being a classically trained soprano, this writer can attest to that.  It’s not “just singing” when the stage is a hundred degrees, you are wearing black from neck to toes, using every muscle in your torso to support the sound, and when you feel like you’ve been hit with a Mack truck after a performance.  All the energy needed to look good on camera is really no different.

About the Author

A resident of Flyover Country, Seraphina is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, Seraphina writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, Seraphina is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a Seraphinaassically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs. Seraphina is known as Cultural Limits on other blogs.

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