SI Swimsuit subject makes historical past with mannequin Kelly Hughes baring C-section scar: ‘Opportunity of a lifetime’


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For the primary time in its 58-year historical past, Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit will characteristic a mannequin proudly baring her cesarean-section scar whereas rocking a two-piece.

The journal partnered with Frida Mother to boost consciousness of Pay With Change, an initiative aimed to “positively shift the mainstream cultural narratives associated with women’s bodies – especially when becoming a mom.”

The 42-year-old modeled a skimpy string bikini in solidarity with different mothers.

Model Kelly Hughes delivered her now 3-year-old son via cesarean.

Mannequin Kelly Hughes delivered her now 3-year-old son through cesarean.
(SI Swimsuit/Frida Mother)

“It’s an opportunity of a lifetime to work with companies such as SI and Frida, a true dream come true,” Hughes informed Every day Publish Digital in a press release. “I’m thankful for brands like Frida Mom that are normalizing the changes we go through as women and bringing products to the market to help with recovery.”


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“However, this photo is so much more than just a photo to me,” she shared. “There is an incredible shift happening in our society today with inclusivity and to be empowered by our imperfections and to be given this opportunity while showing my C-section scar for the first time ever represents more than any photo I’ve ever taken.”

Chelsea Hirschhorn, Frida CEO and soon-to-be mother of 4, additionally informed Every day Publish Digital in a press release that she’s longing for the daring picture to spark dialog in regards to the bodily transformations moms face, in addition to postpartum restoration.

“Joining Sports Illustrated as its first official Pay With Change brand partner is a perfect fit for Frida Mom because they have a valuable platform to disrupt the traditional narrative around women’s bodies – especially those they feature who are mothers,” she wrote. “We’re thrilled that Sports Illustrated Swimsuit appreciates the importance of highlighting these women authentically – C-section scars and all – and welcome the progress we will make together as a result of this shared commitment.”

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Hughes delivered her now 3-year-old son through cesarean. She joins Katrina Scott, 2021’s Rookie of the 12 months, who was photographed when she was six and a half months pregnant, in addition to Hunter McGrady, who posed for the outlet six months postpartum.

The 2022 subject options Kim Kardashian, Maye Musk, Ciara and Yumi Nu as this yr’s cowl women.

The unique swimsuit subject ran in 1964. It has been a launching pad for fashions equivalent to Kathy Eire, Christie Brinkley, Elle Macpherson, Kate Upton and Ashley Graham.

Through the years the difficulty has tried to remain recent, with painted bikinis, plus-sized fashions, unedited pictures, tiny swimsuits, amputee fashions, older fashions and the addition {of professional} athletes and celebrities in relationships.

Kim Kardashian and Maye Musk are among this year's cover girls.

Kim Kardashian and Maye Musk are amongst this yr’s cowl women.
(Greg Swales/Sports activities Illustrated and Yu Tsai/Sports activities Illustrated)

This yr’s subject will embody 28 girls, together with WNBA stars Sue Chook and Breanna Stewart, newcomer Duckie Thot and former cowl lady Camille Kostek amongst others. Kate Bock will even mark a decade of appearances on this yr’s subject.

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The journal hits newsstands on Could 19.

The Related Press contributed to this report.


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