Sports Illustrated Features Fully Clothed Woman On Its Cover. The Nerve!

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Sports Illustrated, a men’s magazine notorious for only featuring scantily clad women on the covers (we’re particularly talking about the swimsuit edition) has done something so ridiculous, we had to talk about it.

The cover was released after the Sochi Winter Olympics and feature American slalom gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin. The “teen idol” as she is referred to is only 18, and was pictured wearing her olympic outfit, and is the youngest winner of a slalom event (the first US women’s slalom medalist since 1972). Those are some pretty damn good reasons to put a gal like this on the cover.

We’re glad that even the men can join the party in celebrating (without ogling) an amazing feat by a young woman in the sports world, while remaining fully clothed. That’s not to say we hate women in bikinis (slut-shame police just wait a gosh darn second). The point of us and many other female blogs (such as Jezebel) taking note of this is because it’s not often men are able to celebrate women aside from their physical attributes. Let’s be honest, this is something SI is specifically known for, or models such as Tyra Banks and Kate Upton wouldn’t be known today if it weren’t for their Swimsuit Edition covers.

The human body is an amazing thing, capable of great feats. Just for once it is refreshing to join a conversation which is not hinged on they way a woman looks, and her successes are lauded in and of themselves.

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They clearly love Mikaela, and recognize her amazing ski career ahead of her, as the also featured her on the cover of their Olympic Preview issue.

Seeing young women like Mikaela work hard for her dream is inspiring. Here is the latest SI cover featuring that all-important gold medal (best bling ever!) and below is a video of the behind-the-scenes of the cover shoot. That’s a teen idol we’d like to see more coverage of in the media. Someone who takes their opportunities seriously.

Perhaps if Sports Illustrated gave more coverage to female athletes like this, there would be less stereotyping of your publication against women? Just a thought boys. But good to know you do think it is possible!

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