S omali american model Halima Aden makes history not to wear a bikini.
The sports-illustrated swimsuit edition, America's inexplicable endurance for sexism, celebrates to show Aden as his first model to wear a hijab and a burkini, a full-body swimsuit.
It is amazing that a large American magazine highlights a Muslim American and her religiously inspired way. "I wanted people to see that you could still be really cute and modest at the same time," Aden told Star Tribune as she competed in Miss Minnesota's US adventure in 201
But the magazine's The latest decision in its push towards inclusiveness illustrates the only thing that religious conservatives and feminists have agreed on for years: The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue needs to die.
Ever since it began in 1964, the swimwear edition has been anything but empowerment for women or to reconcile diversity. But it was such a cash cow that the magazine made it an independent issue that started in 1997. In 2011, this standalone issue generated 7% of Sports Illustrated's annual revenue. There are many examples of the magazine's fragility over the years from a 63-year-old model returning to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit and bringing her daughters with to her tone deaf #MeToo shooter .
In the swimwear edition, Ashley Graham boasted on the cover in 2016 and has since marketed the growing "diversity" of his still warm, silent brush models. It has also presented non-models and athletes, such as tennis champion Serena Williams and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who utilize the trend "strong is the new sexy."
Because feminists have voted their contempt for the sexism magazine in recent years – themselves back in 2002, the National Organization for Women said "Swimsuit Issue promotes the harmful and dehumanizing concept that women are a product for male consumption" – Sports Illustrated Swimsuit has decided to be better at waking up. Now it can be both sexy and inclusive, right? Right? Well, everything to sell them 1 million copies .
But the sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue does not care about women's size, athletes or religious models. It cares about staying relevant while enjoying men who buy a magazine to contend with hot women. These stupid demands for authorization through the swimsuit problem cannot alter the fact that pages of sexualized women marketed to men are inherently sexist, abusive and gross. No amount of diversity can hide the Real Illustrated Swimsuit's real problem.