A plus-size calendar is taking the Internet by storm after its release last week. Swimwear company Swimsuits For All has models channeling the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue with a twist; it comes out right when SI is celebrating 50 years of the swimsuit issue.
Judging by the images, the plus-size models stun in this 2014 calendar.
Newsmax reports that the motivation behind recreating the SI Swimsuit issue cover has to do with rumors that never materialized. The magazine didn’t use curvier models for this year’s issue as some were led to believe. Sports Illustrated went ahead with featuring the typical skinny models.
SwimSuitsforAll.com titled the plus-size calendar, “Sexy at Every Curve” and it’s available from the site for free. It runs from May through September 2014.
President of Swimsuits For All, Moshe Laniado, shared her thoughts about Sports Illustrated not following through with featuring curvy models this year:
“When the issue came out and that didn’t happen, we were disappointed and decided to do our own calendar shoot around the idea that curvy women — and all women — are sexy in swimwear and sexy to men.”
Blogger Gabi Gregg of GabiFresh says this in a calendar preview video:
“I think it’s sad that the representatives for women in mainstream culture are usually so small. Just because we have such a diversity of sizes in the real world. What happens is I think that so many women see those girls and they think that they have to look like that. I know that plus size models and bloggers like myself are really helping to change that.”
Shareefa J is one of the models in the SI Swimsuit-inspired calendar. She’s concerned about images young women are forced to see in front of them everyday and says as much in the promotional video:
“You know young girls grow up looking at magazines [with] little, tiny, skinny girls and saying ‘oh I should look like this,’ that’s how eating disorders are developed and horrible things [happen], and I think that the media and TV and magazines and all of that has a lot to do with it.”
Response to the plus-size calendar is overwhelmingly positive. Gregg tells Today.com:
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive. We have been completely blown away by how supportive the media, women, and men have been about the ‘Sexy at Every Curve’ concept, encouraging that having curves doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel sexy in a swimsuit.”
Gregg says the mantra for this calendar featuring plus-size models is about “confident, sexy women with varying body types” and is meant to express that “sexy curves go beyond a size four.”
Photos for the plus-size calendar were taken on beaches at the Turks and Caicos.
[Image via Swimsuits For All]