Last year, Sports Illustrated made the unprecedented decision to feature former UFC queen Ronda Rousey one of its three Swimsuit Issue covers (in nothing more than some clever body paint). This year's issue will feature more darlings of the sports world—Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman and Simone Biles.
Posing for a swimwear shoot is a whole different beast than performing triple tucks and half twists. Still the infinitely flexible Raisman and Biles went for the gold in their fiery photo shoot, which was intended to promote positive body image.
Shockingly, both have been told their bodies were not suited for gymnastics at various points in their careers yet both have had decorated careers and were integral parts of the gold medal-winning Olympic team in Rio this year. Being asked to pose in a swimwear editorial is just their latest affront to haters and "body shamers" everywhere.
"BUT I think it is that much more important we love our bodies and support each other. It is 2017 and there is NO perfect or ideal body type," Raisman continued. "SI SWIM celebrates women for being unique and beautiful in our own way which is why I am so happy to be a part of it."
We couldn't be happier for these two stunning and strong Olympians. See their sexy spread in its entirety when the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hits stands in February.