Megan Thee Stallion made history as the first rapper to cover Sports Illustrated‘s highly anticipated, “woke” Swimsuit edition.
“REAL SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT EDITION COVER MODEL SH*T!!!” she wrote on Instagram.
“Thee first female rapper on the cover of @si_swimsuit. I want to thank all the strong women in my life who inspired me to love my body and live my best hot girl life. It means the world to me to be on this cover DREAM COME TRUE!! #SISwim21.”
Megan is one of three cover stars on the 2021 Swimsuit issue. Tennis champ Naomi Osaka is on one cover, and the mag’s first Black male-to-female trans, Leyna Bloom is on the other.
The “Savage” rapper’s impressive curves are stuffed into a zippered nude bikini that’s 2 sizes too small. The bikini is available in her new Fashion Nova swimwear collection ($39.99).
“We have three inherently different cover models that come together to tell a story rooted in female empowerment, setting a reminder that beauty comes in many forms,” said SI Swim’s editor-in-chief, MJ Day, who hailed Megan as “a magnetic powerhouse taking the world by storm.”
Megan’s cover is not the high-budget cover that fans come to expect from Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition.
Still, it’s an achievement that Megan can be proud of. No other female rapper has graced the Swimsuit edition.
The only celebrity to come close was Beyonce, but her cover didn’t sell well and she wasn’t asked to grace the cover again.