Megan Thee Stallion Becomes The First Rapper To Appear On Sports Illustrated's Cover

Megan Thee Stallion Becomes The First Rapper To Appear On Sports Illustrated’s Cover

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Megan Thee Stallion has become the first-ever rapper to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit August Issue. On the 58th installment of the yearly swimsuit edition, Megan dazzles on the magazine’s front wearing a $40 zippered nude bikini from her new Fashion Nova swimwear collection.

Megan Thee Stallion is the first rapper to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue.

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On a three separate cover that focuses on the theme of community, the ‘Hot Girl Summer’ lyricist, whose birth name is Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, is joined by Model Leyna Bloom and Tennis Star Naomi Osaka. Taking to Instagram to share the news, Megan wrote: “Thee first female rapper on the cover on the cover of @si_swimsuit.”

Megan sizzles on the magazine’s front, wearing a $40 zippered nude bikini.

She added: “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!!”

It’s a DREAM COME TRUE for Megan, who has been spreading messages about body positivity.

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Making history has recently become a common occurrence for Megan. Earlier this year, the Savage singer became the first female rapper since Lauryn Hill to take home the Grammy for Best New Artist. Her hit collaboration with Cardi B ‘WAP’ also had passed a message of female sex-positivity.

Nearly all Megan’s track is an unapologetic love letter to curves, carnal desire, and confidence.

Nearly all Megan’s track is an unapologetic love letter to curves, carnal desire, and confidence. Before debuting her single ‘Body’ at the American Music Awards in November 2020, the rapper had preached an inspiring message of self-love. In a prerecorded statement that played before taking the stage, Megan said: “I love my body. Every curve, every inch, every mark, every dimple is a decoration on my temple. My body is mine.”

She continued: “And nobody owns it but me. And who I chose to let in is so lucky. You may not think my body is perfect, and it probably never will be, but when I look in the mirror? I love what I see.” With this recently achieved milestone, it’s safe to say that Megan has been granted a new platform to spread her message.

“Shooting the cover made me feel really empowered and happy,” she told CNN. “It made me feel good to know that women who have bodies like me can be celebrated. Not just the standard types that we have seen before.”

However, the latest issue will be out on stands on July 22nd.

Tennis Star Naomi Osaka also graced the magazine’s front and was photographed by Yu Tsai.

Leyna Bloom made history when it was revealed that she would become the first Black and Asian transgender woman featured in a Swimsuit issue.