Many of the models featured in the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue celebrated at a launch party in New York City last night. The magazine shared clips of the gorgeous women posing amid swirls of glitter and confetti on its Instagram account.
Kate Upton, who is featured on the issue’s three covers, told USA Today the experience meant a lot to her. “This issue of the magazine is really inspiring for me, because it’s all about women of every shape and size showing their confidence at every age. Christie Brinkley’s in the magazine! So to have women embrace their bodies, love their bodies and feel confident in that no matter what size they are is great to have in this industry.”
Hannah Jeter walked the red carpet in a shimmering gown with a thigh-high slit. She told People she was pregnant when she posed for the Swimsuit Issue, but she didn’t know it at the time.
Kelly Gale looked stunning in a clingy dress with several peek-a-boo cutouts. See her red carpet pics here.
Myla Dalbesio wrote an essay for Sports Illustrated about what posing for the Swimsuit Issue meant to her as a feminist, and in it, she wrote, “Women are powerful and sexual beings, and we don’t need society to dictate when it is okay to express that.”
See more photos from the Swimsuit Issue launch party, including Ashley Graham and Nina Agdal, on the Sports Illustrated website.