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EXCLUSIVE: 'Sports Illustrated' Redefines Beauty by Naming Ashley Graham an Official Swimsuit Model

by Raphael Chestang 6:35 PM PST, February 09, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: 'Sports Illustrated' Redefines Beauty by Naming Ashley Graham an Official Swimsuit Model

Ashley Graham is redefining beauty by representing Swimsuits for All alongside 26-year-old Philomena Kwao and 56-year-old Nicola Griffin in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue!

"I'm really excited to know that Sports Illustrated is wanting to include women like us," the size 14-16 model, 28, told ET. "There is no perfect body, and we shouldn't be striving for perfection anymore."

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"It's incredibly empowering," Kwao agreed. "It's like a new era now seeing different races, different shapes, different sizes being celebrated as beautiful."

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Swimsuits for All is also breaking down age barriers with the inclusion of Griffin, who remains sexy at 56!

"I've never worn a bikini before," Griffin told ET. "I never felt I would look good in one. I never felt sexy in one, but I was wrong."

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And there was more good news for Graham on Tuesday as she was named an official SI swimsuit model!

"This is a dream come true," Graham wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to everyone who stood up for curves."

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