For many models, landing the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is a hallmark of their careers. However, Ashley Graham’s cover is groundbreaking for the industry itself. Graham is the first plus-size model to grace the cover of the magazine.
She is one of three cover models for the 2016 special issue, all of whom were revealed on Instagram on Sunday. UFC star Ronda Rousey and model Hailey Clauson are also featured on the magazine’s alternate covers. In recent years, the magazine has shown a progressive movement toward body diversity.