We all were excited when Sports Illustrated began embracing body-positive images on its pages, welcoming more body types than slim silhouettes to pose.While Ashley Graham made a groundbreaking play as the magazine’s first plus-size model, a beautiful brown chick is on the block making noise now too.
Precious Lee is making history as SI’s first black plus-size model to appear in an ad in the swimsuit issue. This will be the size-14 model’s SI debut. She also stars in Lane Bryant’s new advertisement that’s all about confidence and body inclusivity. Lee’s poses in a fierce white lingerie set with a simple yet powerful message: “This body is made to be uncovered.”
“It’s all about making strides in a ‘not-so-diverse industry,'” Lee told PEOPLE. “This campaign is more interactive and it allows women to say what their body is made for. It allows people to turn the mirror around, and I think that it’s amazing.”
Pop Sugar also caught up with Lee to speak about her SI ad and it’s importance. “I felt so honored. I feel like it will help inspire people to do things that they didn’t think they were able to do, and to see that there are different forms of beauty and actually celebrate it. To be a size-14 girl with short hair and a bikini in Sports illustrated? “It’s important for me to remember that this is something really special. I’m so proud to be part of it.”
The 2016 swim issue of Sports Illustrated featuring Lee will hit newsstands later this month.