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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue features plus-sized model for the first time

Hannah Davis, a model who has been linked to former New York Yankee Derek Jeter is on the cover
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Cover star Hannah Davis isn't the only model getting buzz in this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

For the first time ever, a plus-sized model will be featured in the magazine's pages -- though it's as part of a paid advertisement.

The model is 27-year-old Ashley Graham, a size 14-16 model who poses in the Swimsuit Issue in an ad for the plus-size swimwear company swimsuitsforall, a FULLBEAUTY Brand.

"I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too. There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt," Graham said in a statement.

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hits newsstands Feb. 9. You can watch Graham in SwimsuitsForAll's "Curves in Bikinis" campaign below:

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