We all know what the cover photo of the Sports Illustrated magazine will be. A model smiling into the camera, wearing an itsy bitsy bikini that does not leave much to the imagination.
Normally, I don’t pay attention to these magazines. But this cover photo has generated quite a bit of controversy.
I completely understand that this is the job of a model. To show off clothes that the consumer will want to buy. But this picture is a little too far from good taste for my liking, even for a mainstream men’s magazine like Sports Illustrated.
One of the problems I have with the media is that they continue to send mixed messages. They tell us about women who have achievements and have gone onto positions of power within business or the government. But then they parade this kind of image, a size 2 model who is only a few inches away from being in an x-rated picture. Personally, I would rather be in a position of power, have my achievements and look a little on the dumpy side that try to conform to the size 2 sex object, wearing nothing or next to nothing image that is continually being rammed down our throats.
It’s not just our girls that are seeing this image, our boys are also seeing this image. What are they learning about women and how to treat women when they see this picture? I’m sure Hannah Davis is an intelligent and capable woman, but this image sends the wrong message to boys. We cannot teach our boys how to treat girls properly if this is the imagery that they are exposed to at a young age.
I’m not a prude, but this image is very wrong, on multiple levels.