The Most Controversial Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Photos We’ve Ever Seen

Millions subscribe to Sports Illustrated, which publishes many popular issues, including the highly anticipated annual Swimsuit edition. Many photos from this notorious issue have shocked SI fans over the years. Here we rank the most controversial Sports Illustrated swimsuit photos. One ignorant image angered readers and went too far (page 10).

1. The #MeToo photo shoot

Robyn Lawley in her photoshoot.

Do the critics have a point, or are they missing the point? | Robyn Lawley via Instagram

The problem: confusing nudity with empowerment

Many broke their silence about sexual assault in 2017, inspiring SI’s #MeToo photoshoot where women like Aly Raisman, Sailor Brinkley Cook, and Robyn Lawley posed with empowering words written across their naked bodies. However, readers weren’t inspired. Some alleged words on nude models don’t do anything to empower women. The New Yorker called SI’s attempt at relevance “spectacularly silly, not to mention tone-deaf.”

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