People Are Pissed About Sports Illustrated's Nude Photoshoot—Here's Why
The #MeToo movement is still pretty young, but it’s already seeped into all areas of life—including the issue.
Models Paulina Porizkova, Sailor Brinkley Cook, and Robyn Lawley posed naked for the magazine’s “” project. In the photo shoot, assorted slogans are written across the women’s naked bodies that the models feel describe them. Sailor, for example, has “natural” written on her body, while Robyn has “nurturer” scrawled on her arm.
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M.J. Day, an editor for Sports Illustrated, toldVanity Fairthat she asked the models to choose “powerful words, positive words that represent them and their beliefs and their passions and their messaging.” The shoot was inspired by the #MeToo movement, M.J. said. “I’m thrilled that this movement is going on, because I feel like it’s going to change things for the better," she added.
The models also shared their thoughts about the intimate shoot with Sports Illustrated. "My daughter is growing up in this world right now and I want her to love who she is because it is so important," Robyn said. "If she ever came to me and said, 'I don’t feel comfortable in my body.', I don’t know what I would do. I’d die on the inside...I just want all those girls out there to know they are so beautiful and so special."
"In a way, it’s more than being naked," Paulina said of the shoot. "It’s not just that you’re nude, but it’s also 'you’re nude and you show me the way you want me to see you.'"
Sailor went on Instagram to talk about the shoot, captioning a photo of herself with the message, “I am optimistic. I am natural. I am a work in progress, constantly evolving and learning.” She also thanked "all these incredible women as the subjects standing in their truths and embracing who they are or might come to be."
People have had mixed reactions to the shoot online. Some think it’s ironic that women are trying to fight male oppression by posing naked. “The irony is unbelievable,” one person wrote in the comments of photographer Taylor Ballantine's Instagram post. “Nothing says respect me for my intelligence and my intellect and accept me as an equal and do not sexualize me or use me for my body like posing nude. How ignorant is that,” someone wrote in the comments section of Sailor’s post.
Others took to Twitter to express their distaste:
I don't have enough patience left in my brain to coherently express everything wrong with Sports Illustrated framing its swimsuit issue as "empowering" and in line with the goals of .— ella dawson (@brosandprose) February 8, 2019
But others think it’s empowering. “This is awesome. I love it, power to the females girl bosses,” one person wrote in Sailor’s comments. “Powerful! Love it!” another said.
What do you think? Is it ironic to have women pose naked in the name of #MeToo or empowering?
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