Sports Illustrated empowers women and the #MeToo movement by having women pose naked

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More women empowerment via being naked crap again. Ugh.
From Daily Mail: Sailor Brinkley Cook, Paulina Porizkova, and Robyn Lawley are celebrating their inner beauty in a bold Sports Illustrated Swimsuit spread that shows the models posing completely nude with ‘truthful’ words painted on their bodies.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Sailor, 19, Paulina, 52, and Robyn, 28, lead a cast of models who stripped down and turned their bodies into canvases covered with words that represent how they see themselves.
The stunning black and white photos were shot by Taylor Ballantyne for the magazine’s In Her Own Words‘ project, which marks the ‘evolution’ of the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in the light of the ongoing push for women’s equality.
And while posing provocatively while nude might not immediately seem like a move away from the publication’s traditional projects, those behind the shoot insisted that the nakedness was a form of expression, allowing the models involved to express their ‘voice, strength and passion… in the rawest form’. 
The intention was to use the kinds of images that readers expect from the magazine and then use those as a platform to deliver a more meaningful and empowering message. It is in fact the first time that a fully nude spread – which was shot by a female photographer – will run in the publication, which previously focused more on raunchy shots featuring risque swimwear. 
‘In Her Own Words is a continuation and evolution of the essence of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit,’ the publication explained on its website. ‘It is a platform that allows the voice, the strength and the passion of these women to be expressed in the rawest form…on the naked body…with all the artistic and creative control left to them.’
In order to make the models feel as comfortable as possible in the face of the perhaps-daunting prospect of posing nude in front of cameras and a crew of people, the magazine ‘stripped down’ its studio and used a team comprised of only women for this particular shoot.
‘We handed over the control to the women who are our brand,’ it explained online. ‘We believed in, supported and encouraged them to become a canvas and share their truth.’
Indeed, supermodel Paulina, who had the word ‘truth’ written on her side, told SI the project is about so much ‘more than being naked’.
‘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.” It’s even more naked than naked,’ she explained.  ‘I wanted to say that I’m not ashamed of my body and you shouldn’t be ashamed of your body, no matter what age you are.  We all have our own truths. We all want to live according to our own truths. We want to be true to ourselves so truth is what matters more than anything.’
The powerful project meant a lot to Sailor, who has candidly spoken about how she used to struggle with body image and the pressure to be thin.
‘It was really special to be a part of this and get to express myself in a very raw, uncensored way,’ she said.  Having these words written all over your naked body and having that next level of exposure — I felt sexy, obviously, but I felt more emotional and it helped me accept myself.’
Sailor wrote ‘artist’ on her arm and ‘natural’ on the curve of her backside before striking an elegant pose for the project.
Meanwhile, Robyn hopes that the shoot will help other girls — including her nearly three-year-old daughter Ripley — realize they more than just a sum of their physical features.
‘My daughter is growing up in this world right now and I want her to love who she is because it is so important,’ she told SI. 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. We are women and we are human. We have stretch marks. We have rolls. We have cellulite. That’s all part of our bodies.
‘We become so obsessed with our exterior message; we give no thoughts to what’s in our heads,’ she added. ‘I just want all those girls out there to know they are so beautiful and so special.’
‘Mother,’ ‘nurturer,’ ‘human,’ and ‘creative,’ were just a few of the words Robyn had scrawled across her body for the shoot.
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squirrelmistresssquirrelmistress
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what does that have to do with sports?

Rocky
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Rocky

I gave up my subscription years ago when SI caved in to the culture of death and started acting like an extension of The NY Times. If Mary Tyler Moore failed with her “cuteness” then SI failed with “hipness.”

weezy
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weezy

Another smut & slur magazine. And to think women bitch about groping which they bring on to themselves. These females, not ladies, justify their immortal behavior for the world to see and think they should be respected. No modesty or self respecting women would do this. Give me the old days!!!!

Dan
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Dan

What could be more “empowering” than not only being used as a pawn, but being photographed nude in a sexually suggestive pose, right? The message implied in these photos is predictably the inverse of that put into the mouths of these three gullible airheads, which is that if a woman doesn’t look like this—an idealized sexual object for hire—she’s a loser. The signature “grinning mockery” of real American women, who instinctively put other people ahead of looking like an epitome of narcissism, should be the first thing noticed. If the US had been overrun by mongol hordes that imposed total… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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Only the spiritually-blind, mentally-deranged and greedy would peddle the absurd lie that a woman seductively posing naked is “empowering”. The only thing she “empowers” is smut rag Sports Illustrated‘s coffers.

cogitoergosumantra
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Well, it was a progression. From one-pieces to bikinis, to thongs to see-throughs, to “body paint” to now, well, nothing but shame. Maybe now it will cycle back to ankle-length dresses and perhaps “burkinis”. But I doubt it.

Diane Wilson
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It’s impossible to figure out what these people are thinking and the why behind it. I don’t know what’s empowering about this.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

I just wonder if they even know how to swim?

Brian Heinz
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Brian Heinz

Morals: well seems satan is at it again and the more we resit the more vulgar the attacks become. Seems the closer the country gets to God, the more satan tries to distract us with anything to capture your thought for the moment with eye candy like this. The gate is so wide and the stairs so narrow and steep. Wonder what her grandchildren will think in the years to come?

john namnik
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The medium is the message, and the message is subliminal. It is beyond nudity, empowerment or an appeal for respect. “We all have our own truths. We all want to live according to our own truths. We want to be true to ourselves so truth is what matters more than anything.’” As Hank Hanegraaff posted on E-Truth today: “This new moral orthodoxy stems from a fact/value dichotomy, in which empirical, scientific truth is deemed to be objective and true; but moral truth is marginalized as subjective and relative — “true for you but not for me.” This represents the latest… Read more »

Alma
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Alma

I keep my money in my pocket and give it to worthy causes. That magazine, after the excitement, is just a printed paper, pics retouched and “girls” selling their bodies to the highest bidder.

Proudly Kenyan
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Proudly Kenyan

How, exactly, is getting naked and having your bits and bobs photographed to ogled by millions of people for all time empowering?

Brian Heinz
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Brian Heinz

DCG the blog will not let us rate them the last two I was on would not let anyone rate the article.

D-FensDogG
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D-FensDogG

This is precisely the sort of bibbidi-bobbidi-poo that people suffering from NDT (No Discernible Talent) must resort to in order to get some of the limelight and some of the money.
Only a Low-IQer would fall for this sort of folderol, thinking it has some deep or “raw” meaning. (In other words, Libtards will eat it up.)
~ D-FensDogG
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Youghn
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OH, yeah. That’s a real bright idea. Someone must’ve skipped their coffee break to come up with it.

TrailDust
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TrailDust

Wow, what an empowering photo. (sarc)

Lophatt
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Lophatt
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pigpen51
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pigpen51

Sports Illustrated is too late. ESPN the magazine has been photographing nude athletes for years. Both male and female. I never knew that, and was given a free subscription of the magazine, and got a copy of it and was shocked to see the naked issue. To be totally honest, the ESPN magazine was not completely offensive, in that most of the photos were done showing athletes in their sport, showing baseball players batting, or pitchers pitching, etc. But of course, they do things like this for one reason, and one reason alone, and that is to appeal to the… Read more »

Ken
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Ken

Such Bullshit. Slutty, narcissistic women playing the feminist card. You can’t have it both ways ladies. If you really want men to respect you, don’t be a whore.

pdmac58
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pdmac58

Ummmmm….. God made (most) women beautiful so that I could appreciate them. That said, whilst I cannot see the empowerment aspect of all of this, I certainly enjoy observing them.
“Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Why do I keep thinking of that song “You Can Leave Your Hat On”?