Aly Raisman's 'Sports activities Illustrated' shoot is all about empowering girls

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In the image, she is seen posing on a beach in The Bahamas while wearing a skimpy pink bikini.

Both Stephens and Bouchard later took to their social media accounts to share a few pictures with their fans. One of her role models, Tyra Banks, informed her she'd be appearing on the front of this year's issue.

For McGrady, the shoot was about so much more than simply creating lovely photos for a magazine, it was a chance to speak to women on a very real level and quickly became "a very personal, intimate, empowering and profound moment in our lives", she explained to Sports Illustrated.

Weeks after testifying against disgraced former doctor Larry Nassar, the 23-year-old gymnast is taking part in Sport Illustrated's annual Swimsuit issue for the second year in a row.

Herrington started her career as a model previous year and already landed one of the most coveted magazine gigs.

Rhode Island native Olivia Culpo participated in an "In Her Own Words" shoot, as well, appearing with words and phrases such as "pain shapes", "love transforms", and "woman" on her body.

Taylor Ballantyne
Taylor Ballantyne

"The next wave coming, it didn't look that large from my point of view but it must have hit the rock just right and caught on", she said.

SI debuted the cover earlier on Tuesday (Feb. 13). Tyra Banks was first in 1997, while Beyonce graced the magazine in 2005. Those are words Raisman lives out: the gymnast made headlines the world over for her fearless public testimony confronting the team doctor who sexually abused her and more than 140 female athletes, and for her words of comfort to other survivors of sexual abuse.

"The time where women are taught to be ashamed of their bodies is OVER", Raisman wrote.

Kate Upton was "laughing in the face of death" when she was swept off a rock by a huge wave while shooting for Sports Illustrated in Aruba.

"Last year, Danielle was a rookie, and yet already an exemplary model, "SI swimsuit editor MJ Day said in a statement". Sailor Brinkley Cook, Paulina Porizkova and Robyn Lawley are also featured. Herrington tells ET that she's still in disbelief to have her name be affiliated with such powerful women.

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