By LIFESTYLE CORRESPONDENT
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue isn’t stopping with Ashley Graham. While the magazine took a major step in the right direction by crowning their first ever curvy cover girl and rookie of the year in 2016, it’s still making moves towards including more size diverse women. Case in point: the magazine has just added another plus size beauty to its roster.
Tabria Majors was just initiated into Sports Illustrated’s Model Search class for the 2018 Swimsuit Issue. And she can’t contain her excitement.
“A lot of you have been asking me about the @si_swimsuit #swimsearch and I am so proud to say that I will be in next year’s issue along with 5 other amazing ladies!” Majors announced the news in an Instagram caption Wednesday.
In the photo, she’s wearing a bright blue bikini. “Words can’t even describe how excited I am about this opportunity, but I want to thank aaaallllll of you guys bc I couldn’t have gotten here without you,” she gushed.
Her fans are as elated as she is; there are already 30,000 likes and tons of supportive comments. “[O]f course you will be honey. You are too gorgeous for them to not put you in it. Congrats,” one follower wrote.
“Much respects to you, Many more doors will be opening, So get ready:),” said another. “Soooo deserved!!!” wrote a third. “Will be the first swimsuit issue I’ve ever purchased,” said another fan. “You’re such an inspiration, no longer will I talk down on myself for being curvaceous.”
It’s pretty obvious why the publication chose her. Her Instagram is full of stunning swimsuit shots dating back to when an agent discovered her account and signed her two years ago all the way up to her Sports Illustrated casting video, and beyond — and she looks amazing in all of them.
Back in 2015, Majors showed off her grape-catching skills in a gorgeous peach one-piece by the beach.
She can also do yoga in a bikini! In 2016, she did so in a patterned two-piece with a triangle top. You’ll see her in those a lot; a few months later she posted another even more challenging yoga pose in a similarly shaped bikini.
But she also told Galore magazine that she’s a big fan of the retro high-waist bikini. “My least favorite is the conservative skirted one piece,” she said. “[Y]ou might as well just wear a dress in the pool!”
This past February she wore a two piece with a patterned bandeau top and neon yellow high cut bottoms when calling out Zara for their unrealistic plus-sizing.
Majors is a major proponent of Aerie and wore one of their swimsuits this summer. “Don’t ever feel like you’re too big to wear a bikini,” she captioned her post. “Flaunt what you got and be proud! I’m happy to say I’m partnering with @Aerie, who supports these ideals.”
In May 2017, Majors shared her SI Swimsuit application video, in which she won our hearts in a lavender bikini.
She also shared the news that she made it into the top 15 in July, wearing a bikini, of course. She loves swimsuits so much, she wears them everywhere. She once shot a video rocking a cutout one-piece on the NYC subway.