Sports Illustrated Swimsuit made a splash over the weekend with a new “inclusive” runway show featuring women of diverse body types, ages and races.
The magazine, known for its steamy swimsuit issue, showed off a rainbow of plus-sized models, moms and entrepreneurs on the poolside catwalk at the luxury Mondrian Hotel on South Beach Saturday.
Miami-based actress and model Saje Nicole stunned in a string bikini alongside 57-year-old model Kathy Jacobs, who describes herself on Instagram as the “oldest/shortest Sports Illustrated rookie ever.”
Meanwhile, personal chef Chelsea Heath rocked a tan bikini and matching coverup as social media influencer Natalie Mariduena strutted her stuff in a shiny crimson one-piece.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit — which has historically featured thin and busty bikini-clad models on its cover — says it wants the annual event to change the “conversation around beauty” and boost body positivity.
Saje Nicole posing on the runway at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit show.Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images Kathy