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The annual unveiling of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue is always a big to-do, but this year’s edition is especially exciting.

That’s because, in addition to being shot by an all-female crew, the issue features unedited photos of models—for the first time ever. 

In a photo-essay on SI’s site called “In Her Own Words,” models including Hunter McGrady (pictured above) are photographed nude, in black-and-white, with positive words written on their legs and arms. In the accompanying essays, the ladies talk about what it means to them to celebrate their bodies. Pretty cool. 

The issue includes only two plus-size models (McGrady and Kate Wasley), but it’s still a step in the right direction. 

More of this, please. 

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