Sports Illustrated is doing something it has never done before in a project titled, "In Her Words," for its 2018 Swimsuit Issue. The magazine ditched the swimsuits for fully nude, all black and white, unedited shots that convey incredible messages to society.
These powerful images shot by Taylor Ballantyne were not created to be sexy, which is a departure from any previous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue images. This project is about the words. Each model chose the words that went on her body, and they're all words that describe the women as human beings. The models are of all different sizes, shapes, and ages, but they all have on thing in common: they want to share the truth about the pressure they feel from society to fit the norm. They're doing so with bravery by posing nude, with all their flaws, insecurities, and stories in the spotlight to be printed millions of times for the world to see.
In the video above, Model Sailor Brinkley Cook talks to People TV about what the words she chose to place on her body mean to her and her experience throughout the shoot.
Sports Illustrated also unveiled this project with a beautiful behind-the-scenes video to share the details of the creation of the images. I was thrilled to read that the models actually got to go through the images with the photographer after the shoot and participate in choosing the final shots. I had chills while watching these strong women talk about what this shoot meant to them. Head over to Sports Illustrated to see how this groundbreaking shoot took place and to hear more chilling stories from the women who made it happen.