The 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is out. This year's edition features a number of notable athletes, from Genie Bouchard to Aly Raisman to Paige Spiranac.
The 2018 edition also made athlete history. It features a Paralympian.
Meet Brenna Huckaby, a 22-year-old professional snowboarder. She's the first Paralympian to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
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Huckaby, a Louisiana native, had to have her right leg amputated in 2010. She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, and doctors were forced to operate. Hucks was only a freshman in high school at the time.
The snowboarder later moved from Louisiana to Utah, taking up professional snowboarding. She is a former gymnast.
Huckaby spoke to SI.com about her shoot:
"I haven’t always been comfortable with my body. When I was a teenager I would wear shorts with my swimsuit every time. I would rarely take my prosthetic off in front of other people. I was afraid of what people would think of me because I didn’t think very highly of myself. It wasn’t until I had my daughter that I realized my body was more than an object. That was the moment I knew my body was a tool, a strong and forceful tool that takes me from experience to experience. Once I realized this I finally loved my body," she said.
You can view more photos of Huckaby's shoot
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