The Director of Sports Illustrated Swim Just Posed in Her Own Bikini


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There's much to applaud in this year's Swimsuit Edition of Sports Illustrated. By heavily featuring full-figured beauties like Ashley Graham (seen above), Hunter McGrady, Robyn Lawley, and Myla Dalbesio, the mag is leading the charge for change in an industry that has paraded one unattainable body type as the ideal for far too long. Finally, we're reminded that curves aren't just something to be rightfully represented—they're gorgeous too.

And we owe a lot of that to MJ Day, the Director of the issue and ultimate champion of body acceptance. And while she could have let the issue just speak for itself, Day took to Instagram this week to share her own bikini photo—a much-needed reminder that we don't need models to represent our bodies, even if they happen to be diverse in shape and size.

"It was equally terrifying and liberating for me," she writes of her decision, which is part of a body acceptance campaign with @WomenIRL and that invites all women (of all ages and sizes) to share their own swimsuit photos. "Funny how I have spent my life on a beach since childhood, and I have never truly felt comfortable in a swimsuit… We need to love ourselves in the present. No matter what."