The SI Swimsuit cover in 2015 is continuing to cause controversy, with one advocacy group asking for the racy magazine to be pulled from store shelves.
The cover features model Hannah Davis in a very skimpy bikini, with her hands pulling her bikini bottom until it’s nearly entirely off.
The SI swimsuit cover 2015 was met with an almost immediate backlash. A poll from Us Weekly found that 72 percent of the more than 12,000 respondents saw it as “porn,” and a similar survey from Yahoo Health found that 48 percent of respondents deem the cover “degrading.” The National Center on Sexual Exploitation even asked retailers not to put the cover on display, saying that it should not be seen by young children.
“Sports Illustrated‘s 2015 Swimsuit issue’s cover does not simply feature a beautiful woman in a bikini, it borders obscenity as the focus is specifically on the exposed pubic area,” said NCSE executive director Dawn Hawkins.
Hannah Davis has tried to defend the cover, saying that the controversy is making it seem worse than it really is.
“I think you’re making it look a lot naughtier than it really is, to be honest. To be honest, I think SI always tries to do something a little different every year, and I think this year, it’s the year of the torso,” she said.
Sports Illustrated is also standing by the swimsuit cover, saying that it’s known for being racy.
“After 50 years of swimsuit, what everyone knows is that one person’s risqué is another’s sexy,” a rep for the magazine told ABC News.
In the week since the SI swimsuit cover 2015 was released, the controversy only seems to have grown, with many taking their complaints directly to retailers. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has even contacted Walgreens and Barnes and Noble to remove the magazines, though both refused.
“I’m hearing from many of our supporters saying that they’ve said something to their local store managers,” says Hawkins.
“And I think more people that speak up and say something like that to mangers, that goes up the chain and it makes it to corporate headquarters.”
But despite the growing controversy, retailers continue to do little about the SI swimsuit cover 2015, which remains on shelves nationwide.