They’re some of the world’s most in-demand models.
But the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue stars Danielle Herrington, 25, and Jasmine Sanders, 27, made sure they made some time for themselves.
The models were spotted soaking up the sun on the beach in some fashionable bikinis just one day after celebrating the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue at the magazine’s most body positive launch party in Miami.
Miami models: Danielle Herrington and Jasmine Sanders soak up the sun in Miami Beach on Friday
Herrington is only the third black woman to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated after Tyra Banks and Beyonce.
She rocked a silver bikini with side tie thong bottoms, silver hoop earrings and a pair of futuristic yellow shades.
The barrier breaker’s long brown locks fell down her back in gentle curls.
Sanders normally curly hair was pulled back in a tight bun.
Peace and love: Sanders flashed a peace sign and a smile as her infinity sign tattoo peaked out from under her arm
Barrier breaker: Herrington is only the third black woman to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated
Golden Barbie: Sanders sported a simple lavender bikini with cheeky bottoms and aviator sunglasses
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2019: A year of firsts
The 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is filled with ‘firsts’ and a level of age and body diversity never seen in the magazine before. Here are some the highlights this year:
Halima Aden, 21: First model to wear a hijab and burkini
Winnie Harlow, 24: First model with vitiligo
Veronica Pome’e, 29: First Polynesian model
Megan Rapinoe, 33: First openly-gay woman
Tyra Banks, 45: Oldest cover star. In 1996 and 1997, Tyra was also the first-ever black model to cover the magazine.
Paulina Porizkova, 54: Oldest model to pose in the magazine
Tara Lynn, 26: Oldest SI Swim rookie
The Golden Barbie, as she is sometimes called, sported a simple lavender bikini with cheeky bottoms and aviator sunglasses.
Her tattoos were on full display as the pair soaked up the sun in Miami Beach.
Sports Illustrated celebrated the release of its 2019 Swimsuit Issue in Miami this week, and the red carpet for the event proved it’s the most body-diverse cast yet.
Days after the issue hit stands on May 8, the magazine hosted the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit On Location at Ice Palace on Friday, inviting models from the issue and other stars to pose for pictures, participate in a panel, and party.
Snaps from the event show that this may just be the most body-positive and inclusive issue ever: While there were certainly plenty of classically slim ladies in attendance, there were also several plus-size models, muscular athletes, and even a pregnant Samantha Hoopes, who cradled her baby bump in a very sexy black bodysuit.
Samantha, 28, is expecting her first child and due in August — and she’s certainly not hiding her bump.
Check ’em out! In celebration of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, out this week, the magazine is hosting events in Miami, Florida with a star-studded guest list
Baby bump: Samantha Hoopes is expecting her first child and due in August — and she’s certainly not hiding her bump (pictured May 10 in Miami, Florida)
Earlier this week, she posted another snap of herself wearing the same bodysuit and wrote: ‘Never felt sexier than I do now. Creating a human has been one of the most beautiful experiences in my life.
‘From watching my stomach go from flat to round and cellulite that I never had before appear, I really could care less because I know that this is the process to becoming a mother!’
At just 21-years-old, Halima Aden will be the first Sports Illustrated model to rock a hijab featured in the issue, as well as the first to sport a burkini.
The activist and model said she’s here to change the game, telling SI, ‘Some people are not going to like me, some people are not going to like my journey. I accept that. I’m just going to stay true to myself. My whole motto is: “Don’t change yourself, change the game.” And that’s exactly what I’m trying to do.’
Also at the event was Hunter McGrady, 26, who was a rookie in the magazine’s 2018 issue.
Game changer: Halima Aden attended the Miami launch event Friday sporting a shiny rose gold head covering
Groundbreaking: Halima, 21, typically wears a hijab, and is the first-ever model to wear a burkini in Sports Illustrated
McGrady has proudly spoken out about how she learned to love her curves – while admitting that she feels like something of a ‘punching bag’ for online trolls who cruelly pick on her body, saying ‘I’ve come to a place of being so comfortable in my skin that I feel best like that. I’m like hell yeah I have these big breasts, hell yeah I have this cellulite!’
Paulina Porizkova, 54, also looks stunning within its pages, and is the oldest model to pose for the issue, ever.
‘I’m deeply offended on behalf of all of us women who are rendered socially invisible once we look a certain age,’ she said in an essay for SI. ‘While I am, at times, proud to look my age, when someone on social media calls me a wrinkled hag, I have to do a lot of slow breathing.
Confidently curvy: Hunter McGrady isn’t afraid to be different, she loves posing nude or in a bikini (pictured May 10 in Miami, Florida)
There she is! Also at the event was Hunter McGrady, 26, who was a rookie in the magazine’s 2018 issue
Can I have your autograph? Paulina Porizkova is the oldest model to pose for the issue, ever (pictured May 10 in Miami)
‘So I had to wrestle with the question: How do I feel about being the old lady in SI? Do they really want me—or am I here because of what I represent?
‘By hiring me, [editor MJ Day] had cracked open the door to another possibility: the visible mature woman. Or, let’s just say: the hot old lady,’ she said.
Other models at the event today included Robin Holzken, Haley Kalil, Anne De Paula, Tyra Banks, Kate Upton, Olivia Culpo and Halima Aden.
Halima arrived in a stylish ensemble of fringed bell bottoms, an oversized blue jacket, and a turban to cover her hair.
Halima, 21, typically wears a hijab, and is the first-ever model to wear a burkini in Sports Illustrated.
‘You don’t know what it’s like to experience being kicked out of a pool or banned from a beach for wearing a burkini. I want girls to see, no matter what sometimes you are going to get backlash from your own community. But you shouldn’t let that bother you.
‘And really, the fact that in 2019 a swimsuit creates this much attention … I mean, why are women still being judged for what they wear?’ she told the magazine.
‘There are people that think I shouldn’t be [in the magazine] and there are people that think I’m not representing [Islam] in the right way. So I’m getting it from both sides.’
Picture perfect: Paulina Porizkova, Robin Holzken, Haley Kalil, Anne De Paula and Tyra Banks pose for a snapshot in Miami on May 10