Sports Illustrated has plus size cover model for first time

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For the first time ever, Sports Illustrated has a plus-size model on its cover. 

Over the weekend SI Swimsuit 2016 revealed its three cover girls which include size-16 model Ashley Graham. The body diversity advocate said on Facebook she was truly speechless. 

"This cover is for every woman who felt like she wasn't beautiful enough because of her size," Graham said. "You can do and achieve anything you put your mind to."



Graham's Facebook post has been shared more than 61,000 times as of Monday morning and has more than 176,000 likes. 



Also featured in the 2016 issue are Ronda Rousey and Hailey Clauson. 

Click here to learn more about the historic SI Swimsuit 2016