One of the biggest magazine issues of the year has officially been released.
The 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, on sale July 22, was released online Monday morning. The 2021 edition of the iconic magazine has three different covers: Megan Thee Stallion, Naomi Osaka and Leyna Bloom.
“Among the many things we’ve learned over the past 18 months is how much we value being a part of a community, and how much we miss that interaction when it’s taken away,” says MJ Day, Editor in Chief of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. “This issue represents the culmination of a powerful community- coming together during challenging times to make history.”
“If there’s one thing that our cover models have in common, it’s that they don’t have one thing in common. They look different, have different upbringings, have different passions and inspirations. But each is a reminder that beauty comes in many forms. Leyna Bloom makes history as the first transgender cover model in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s history, and the first trans person of color to appear on our pages, solidifying the fact that the more diverse and inclusive a community, the stronger it becomes. We celebrate Naomi for her passion, strength and power geared towards consistently breaking barriers when it comes to equality, social justice and mental health. As for Megan Thee Stallion, she is a magnetic powerhouse taking the world by storm. Together these women represent three of the most powerful voices of today.”
— Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) July 19, 2021
Fans across the country have taken to social media to react to the covers.
Yes! Yes! Yes! https://t.co/4cSLsnphFQ
— OG Yosh (@iAYoshie) July 19, 2021
This big earring agenda that stylists have going for Naomi is really doing it for me https://t.co/jbtbvOwu4y
— chaotic neutral (@__samone__) July 19, 2021
— Justin Coe (@JustinCoe07) July 19, 2021
— Madison Kerley (@madisondkerley) July 19, 2021
NOT OUR GIRL MEG A SI SWIM COVER GIRL
And the first rapper to do so. sksjdkdksks IKDR!!!!! pic.twitter.com/tsEdPrUlLi
— stas (@AstasiaWill) July 19, 2021
Other models set to appear in the 2021 edition of the magazine are: Brooks Nader, Camille
Kostek, Danielle Herrington, Emily DiDonato, Haley Kalil, Jasmine Sanders, Josephine Skriver, Kate Bock, Kathy Jacobs, Katrina Scott, Kelsey Merritt, Lais Ribeiro, Marquita Pring, Maggie Rawlins, Natalie Mariduena, Nyma Tang, Olivia Culpo, Tanaye White, Valentina Sampaio and Yumi Nu.
There will also be SI Swim Search hopefuls: Alex Aust, Allie Ayers, Ally Courtnall, Amanda Kay, Chelsea Heath, Christen Harper, Gabriella Halikas, Katie Austin, Kristen Louelle, Natalie Gage, Saje Nicole, Summer Wilson and Taylor Sharpe.
The 2021 edition of the magazine will be on sale July 22.