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Megan Thee Stallion made history as the first rapper to cover Sports Illustrated's highly anticipated, "woke" Swimsuit edition.

"REAL SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT EDITION COVER MODEL SH*T!!!" she wrote on Instagram.

"Thee first female rapper on the cover of @si_swimsuit. 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!! #SISwim21."

Megan is one of three cover stars on the 2021 Swimsuit issue.

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Tennis champ Naomi Osaka is on one cover, and the mag's first Black male-to-female trans, Leyna Bloom is on the other.

The "Savage" rapper's impressive curves are stuffed into a zippered nude bikini that's 2 sizes too small. The bikini is available in her new Fashion Nova swimwear collection ($39.99).

"We have three inherently different cover models that come together to tell a story rooted in female empowerment, setting a reminder that beauty comes in many forms," said SI Swim's editor-in-chief, MJ Day, who hailed Megan as "a magnetic powerhouse taking the world by storm."

Megan's cover is not the high-budget cover that fans come to expect from Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit edition.

Still, it's an achievement that Megan can be proud of. No other female rapper has graced the Swimsuit edition.

The only celebrity to come close was Beyonce, but her cover didn't sell well and she wasn't asked to grace the cover again.

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Sports Illustrated's annual 2021 Swimsuit Runway Show at Mondrian South Beach Hotel in Miami on Saturday featured the most inclusive and diverse models in the magazine's history.

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Sports Illustrated's "woke" swimsuit runway show featured women of different body types and shapes, including actress Saje Nicole (pictured), model Jasmine Sanders, plus-size model Amanda Kay, and personal chef Chelsea Heath.

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The magazine introduced its Swimsuit edition models including social media influencer Natalie Mariduena (pictured) and model and actress Christen Harper.

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Curvaceous model Amanda Kay grew up all over the world, according to DailyMail.com. She moved with her family to Jordan, Egypt, England, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.

"I started my modelling [sic] career later in life because I kept making excuses as to why I wasn’t good enough," she wrote on Instagram.

"I hope I can show anyone out there who is scared or has reservations to just go for it. Amazing things can happen if you put yourself out there and I'm proof of that."

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Jasmine Sanders turned heads as she strolled the runway wearing tiny scraps of black fabric held together with a skimpy body chain. The 30-year-old German model has walked for brands such as Forever21, American Eagle, Seventeen, Glamour, Ralph Lauren and more.

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Chelsea Heath walked for 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show at Mondrian South Beach Hotel in Miami, Florida on Saturday.

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SOUL CAP

An Olympic committee is catching flack for banning swim caps designed by a Black-owned company for athletes with natural hairstyles.

The Federation for International Water Sports Competitions (FINA) banned the oversized swim caps due to the cap's unusual size which "does not follow the head's natural form."

SOUL CAP's oversized swimwear are designed for athletes with afros, dreadlocks or braids extensions, which may not fit under traditional swim caps.

Michael Chapman and Toks Ahmed, the founders of SOUL CAP, expressed their disappointment and questioned the sport's equality and inclusivity.

The entrepreneurs say they designed the caps after meeting a Black woman who was "struggling with the size of her swim cap."

They claim the Olympic committee's decision may discourage young Black swimmers from seeking a career in swimming.
 

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Jada Pinkett Smith brought in the New Year "with open arms" in a post on Instagram.

In the photo, Jada wore a sky blue and white "Cancun" bikini by Melissa Odabash (retail $234) which she accessorized with a splash of gold jewelry.

She captioned the post, "welcome you 2021 with open arms. I have no expectations. I'm going to be still and grateful."

The 49-year-old Red Table Talk host ushered out 2021 by vowing she would never loan money to broke family members because "I'm not trying to have fallouts over money."

The Girls Trip star has set strict rules for herself when it comes to sharing her wealth, because she doesn't want relationships to be ruined over someone's failure to repay a loan.

"First of all, I don't lend money. I only give money that I am willing to give like, 'This is a gift.'

"I do not lend money because that turns into a lot of problems, just as far of the expectation of people paying you back or what have you. So I tend to not give where I can't just say, 'Here's a gift to you.' Specifically people who are close to me, 'cause I'm not trying to have fallouts over money."

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Kandi Burruss took to social media to advertise her ample ASSets on Tuesday. The 44-year-old mom of three warned her eldest daughter, Riley, not to swipe left on her photo gallery to save her child from the embarrassment.

In the photos, Kandi poses on a beach wearing a revealing bikini with Louis Vuitton logo print. In another disrespectful photo she shows off her ample butt cheeks.

"Ok rileyburruss DO NOT swipe left! I don't want you to block me. Everybody else swipe at your own risk!" she wrote.

Kandi mused about the rumors surrounding her husband, Todd Tucker, suggesting he approved her THOT photos. "...& before y'all start @todd167 said go ahead. ... I'm giving y'all a 90s #2livecrew album cover on the 2nd pic. Thank you @le__archive for the earrings!"

The "Bills, Bills, Bills" co-writer married Todd in 2014 after meeting him on the set of Real Housewives of Atlanta. They share a son, Ace, and infant daughter, Blaze.
 


 

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