As the #MeToo Movement continues to grow in the entertainment industry Sports Illustrated had to get in on the movement by responding with an "empowering" photo shoot of its own.
Hitting news stands next week photographer Taylor Ballantyne shot the photos for the magazine's new "In Her Words" project. Which shows nude models with words written across their bodies that describe them.
“These are sexy photos. At the end of the day, we’re always going to be sexy, no matter what is happening," Sports Illustrated Editor M.J. Day told Vanity Fair. "The ideal is to create something artful, to create a beautiful image that both the subject and the team is proud of and collaborates on together.”
So the question is...
Do you think that posing nude in a magazine supports and empowers a movement that is trying to eliminate sexual misconduct against women or do you think the magazine is just trying to use the movement to sell a magazine? Check out these photos and then tell us what you think below.
I am a fighter. I am strong. I am romantic. I am creative. I am optimistic. I am natural. I am a work in progress, constantly evolving and learning. Thank you so much to one of my best friends and inspirations @taylorbphoto for including me in a project so impactful and close to both our hearts. @robynlawley on video, @marymguthrie @campbellritchie on makeup, me on BTS photos, and all these incredible women as the subjects standing in their truths and embracing who they are or might come to be. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED BODY PAINT 2018, IN HER OWN WORDS. Thank you @mj_day @si_swimsuit im so proud of you, Tay. You did it.
I couldn’t be more excited that today the @si_swimsuit project IN HER OWN WORDS (IHOW) that I and an insanely group of talented women have been working on for almost a year finally came out!!!! This is just a teaser!!! So much more of this to come. The unbelievable crew, to you I am so grateful, couldn’t have done a single day of this without you - @marymguthrie @robynlawley @sailorbrinkleycook @campbellritchie @frankelfresh @avarikki @justinewarwick @joannagiunta @alyssaconroy - you helped bring this thing to life. @mj_day and @si_swimsuit I couldn’t have dreamed of a better platform for this. MJ thank you for believing in me, trusting my creative and pushing me to make this the best it could possibly be. I’m humbled, honored and grateful beyond my own words. WE DID IT!!!! #OWNIT #IHOW @paulinaporizkov Thank you to @vanityfair @goodmorningamerica and of course @si_swimsuit swim daily for the amazing coverage and articles this morning!