Precious Lee Slays The ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Issue In This Ad

February 14, 2016  |  

Lane Bryant

Lane Bryant

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.

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  • JayinNC

    According to some online dating poll a few years ago, voluptuous, curvy, dark-skinned black women were considered the least attractive by far when polled by men of all races including black men. I am a white guy that not only dates black women but prefers curvy and dark skinned like the model above. It is so nice that these women are getting their chance. Very nice to see! My white guy friends looked baffled when I tell them my type. Hopefully things like this start changing things!

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    u go girl!

  • Holier than thou

    Is it still body-positive if it still uses photoshop and a ton of make-up? Think again.

  • Lol

    Slay woman!

    • Beverly

      That white is NOT flattering on her at all! She has a NICE body, but what’s up with that stupid expression on her face, and what kind of hair-do is that?? The media always finds a way to make us look ridiculous, while they put their most DROP DEAD GORGEOUS people on display! And we all know ALL White people ain’t pretty!

      • Lisa

        I believe the expression on her face is her interpretation of the classic “come-hither” look or the photographer requested that she “make love to the camera” as the cliché goes.

  • Eric

    Sports illustrated, Victoria Secret or any other publication or designer can display their products how the see fit. Why must they pander to plus size women?

    • LQL

      They don’t have to pander to plus-size women, but maybe plus-size women would spend a lot of money on their products if their products are offered to plus-size women.

      • Eric

        What I’m saying is why do far women get upset that these entities choose not to feature them. They are allowed to present thier products as they see fit and shouldn’t feel like they have to put a fat girl on the cover on thier runway, etc. I hate the pc world we live in now.

        • LQL

          The bottom line is companies “are” allowed to cater to a specific clientele, and “don’t have to include others”. They have “chosen” to include plus-size women.

          Maybe your question should be addressed to those companies, asking “them” why they’ve now chosen to include plus-size women.

        • Raze

          I personally don’t care about VS adding plus solize women to their fashion shows (leave that to Lane Bryant, it makes them more noticeable to the public) but others might since they also buy items at VS. As for sports illustrated: they chose to feature this lady because they want to attract other customers as well.

    • It it 5:00 o’clock yet?

      Well obviously they saw fit to display a plus-size woman on their cover.

  • Lisa

    Why are the larger or plus-size body shapes the only ones to be consistently labeled “body-positive”? Why are slim or athletic bodies not considered “body-positive”? Just wondering.

    • Eric

      Skinny shaming. Lol.

    • LQL

      I agree, it’s not necessary.

    • Lol

      Stfu!! Skinny people have been labeled body positive for ages! Its about time they feature plus sized people in front of the news stands. They are plastered everywhere in magazines. Go put your glasses back on.

      • LQL

        The statement wasn’t about whether or not plus-size should be featured, but rather, should the words “body positive” be attached to that feature.

        I agree with Lisa. I don’t think it’s necessary to say anything. Let the picture make the statement.

      • Lisa

        Take it easy, Lol. My question is not about how often models of various body types are featured in publications but why nowadays only larger models receive the labels “body-positive”, or “real women”. Women of all sizes including slim or skinny, as you say, have “real bodies”. I find the terminology interesting, that’s all.

    • LQL

      I agree with your statement up to the point you use the word “considered”.

      Apples with apples.

      “Why are slim or athletic bodies not ‘labeled’ body-positive”- should be the question.

      • Lisa

        That’s what I mean.

    • Raze

      But, they have been considered “body positive” by default.

    • It it 5:00 o’clock yet?

      Slim body shapes have always been labeled as “body-positive”.

  • Eric

    I don’t get what all the fuss about. Sports illustrated, Victoria Secret, and any publication or fashion designer can display who they want in thier products without having to pander to fat women just to make them feel sexy.

  • Chanda

    She was discovered by a Torrid competition first!

  • Raze

    She looks very pretty!
    The only thing I’m miffed about is that these mag can NEVER seem to find a black woman with longer hair.

    • well as long as she is natural it’s ok because most black women do not have long hair.