Myla Dalbesio, who describes herself as a feminist swimsuit model, was hired to take part in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for the third year in a row, and she offered a preview of the barely-there swimwear she models in the spread that will feature in the 2019 issue of the iconic annual magazine by posting a sample from the shoot — which took place on Australia’s Kangaroo Island — on her Instagram page Friday.
The magazine also posted advance shots of Dalbesio’s session on its own Instagram page, including a pair of videos of the 31-year-old Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native running through a series of seductive poses for the SI cameras.
“I have been loving Kangaroo Island,” she said, quoted by the Daily Mail newspaper. “This is by far one of the coolest locations I have ever been to. Every time I’ve thought about Sports Illustrated, I’ve always imagined going to some far-off, remote location, and this is it. It’s been amazing nonstop. Wild animals, amazing food, amazing wine, gorgeous sites, beautiful weather. I just cant believe how good a time I’m having.”
Dalbesio, who in her online biography identifies herself as “an American multi-disciplinary visual and performance artist,” has thought extensively about how she reconciles her feminist beliefs with her work posing in advanced, and sometimes complete, states of undress for Sports Illustrated and other publications.
Earlier this year, she published an article on the SI site titled, “I’m a Swimsuit Model. I’m a Feminist. Deal With It.”
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UNRETOUCHED SNEAK PEAK! ???? Last day on Kangaroo Island and I am feeling so grateful for the amazing adventure I’ve had in this magical place. Being a part of the @si_swimsuit family has been an incredible blessing to me in so many ways, but the most wonderful part of it has been building friendships with the people behind the scenes. Experiencing this incredible and remote paradise with these hilarious, supportive, and loving friends has been a real dream come true. I am so lucky to be able to say that my THIRD YEAR with this amazing brand is in the books! THANK YOU @si_swimsuit @southaustralia @authentickangarooisland @virginaustralia for the trip of a lifetime! And thank you @josie_clough for creating such a collaborative shoot experience and giving me the opportunity to shine in a way I have never felt before. So so grateful ???????? I LOVE YOU @mj_day @ja_neyney @kbhendrix @jo.giunta @juliedeichman @peterbeard @michael_brennan @josie_clough @turksandcaicosproductions (and the rest of the crew that I can’t find on the gram) ???? #thatsawrap #siswimsuit #seesouthaustralia
“It’s a tricky time to be a bikini model. A tricky time to publish a swimsuit issue, a tricky time to exist, in general. A wave of change and revelation is sweeping through our communities, with women rallying and speaking truths that have long needed to be heard. Major concepts of consent, harassment and women’s overall roles in society are being questioned, discussed, analyzed from all angles,” Dalbesio wrote in the essay.
“Is the Swimsuit Issue anti-feminist? In short — no. It isn’t.”
“Do you understand that (a woman) can choose what she wants to do with her life, with her body, with her mind, and that is her choice? Not only is it not up to a man to decide that for her, it is not up to anyone to decide that for her. And that is feminism,” She concluded. “Body autonomy is one of the core tenets of the feminist movement. So who is going to tell me what I can and can’t do with my body, inside of a magazine or out? No one.”