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Megan Thee Stallion, Anitta and Tinashe to Perform at the Launch Event for the 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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The 2021 Issue Celebrates 25 Powerful and Beautiful Women, featuring newcomers Anitta and Tinashe and Includes Former Cover Models Camille Kostek, Danielle Herrington, Jasmine Sanders, Kate Bock, Olivia Culpo and more

Megan Thee Stallion, Anitta and Tinashe to Perform at the Launch Event for the 2021 Issue On Newsstands July 22nd!

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit today announced this years cover models, featuring Megan Thee Stallion, Naomi Osaka and Leyna Bloom. Megan was photographed by James Macari, Leyna and Naomi were photographed by Yu Tsai.

2021 marks the 58th installment of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Since its inception, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit has evolved into a community of individuals whose beauty transcends convention, inspires change and encourages trail blazers to own and redefine their narrative. As the brand continues to focus its efforts towards shifting the industrys perceptions of beauty, the 2021 issue brings together a group of powerfully diverse people and creates a community rooted in self-love, acceptance and transformation.

Megan Thee Stallion. Photograph by James Macari/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. On sale July 22

Among the many things weve learned over the past 18 months is how much we value being a part of a community, and how much we miss that interaction when its taken away, says MJ Day, Editor in Chief of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. This issue represents the culmination of a powerful community- coming together during challenging times to make history.

If theres one thing that our cover models have in common, its that they dont have one thing in common. They look different, have different upbringings, have different passions and inspirations. But each is a reminder that beauty comes in many forms. Leyna Bloom makes history as the first transgender cover model in Sports Illustrated Swimsuits history, and the first trans person of color to appear on our pages, solidifying the fact that the more diverse and inclusive a community, the stronger it becomes. We celebrate Naomi for her passion, strength and power geared towards consistently breaking barriers when it comes to equality, social justice and mental health. As for Megan Thee Stallion, she is a magnetic powerhouse taking the world by storm. Together these women represent three of the most powerful voices of today.