The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue has been a celebration of the female form for more than half a century. In the past, the issue has shown a spotlight on race, body image, and even religion. This year, the issue is checking off another historical box, by photographing models cramming food into their perfectly groomed and photoshopped mouths.
The idea came to photographer Jimmy Skipperballs, who’s worked with Vanity Fair and Field & Stream among others. Known for his irreverent takes on whatever people find reverent today, Skipperballs proposed that the public sees models in situations they aren’t commonly known for, eating beach food.
Among the scenes photographed for the issue include one model slathering mustard on a ham sandwich at the craft services table, and another wearing pancakes in lieu of a bikini top.
Among the scenes photographed for the issue include one model slathering mustard on a ham sandwich at the craft services table, and another wearing pancakes in lieu of a bikini top. In another scene sure to cause a little controversy, two models are carving a Thanksgiving turkey before it has had a chance to fully cool.
The issue is set to hit shelves in the coming weeks and will be available online shortly after. Critics have already praised the decision to feature models eating. On social media, Tweets have been largely in support of the issue, with most claiming that the perception of a model’s diet is negative and this may help change that viewpoint.
“So many ppl say we r gross and ‘got no azz’ n all that bullsh*t and now every1 knows that WE EAT 2!! Props to SI and @skipperballs for the <3” Tweeted former cover model Bianqa
The ultimate goal for the issue, according to a statement by Sports Illustrated, is “to get people interested in this damn thing again. Jeez, we know you can just look at porn online, but c’mon! Have some decency!”
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