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Ashley Graham dances topless in new Sports Illustrated Swim video

Model Ashley Graham walk the runway during the Addition Elle Spring/Summer of 2018 presentation on the New York Fashion Week in Manhattan, New York, united states, September 11, 2017

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Ashley Grahman dancing on the beach topless in her third Sports Illustrated Swimsuit appearance.

The model, who graced the coveted cover in 2016, is to see you again in the magazine 2018 spread modeling bikinis and showing off her curves on the Island of Nevis.

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In the video, Graham is in a number of sexy bikinis, including a number of her own swimwear line Swimsuits for All x Ashley Graham, but she ditches the bikini tops and posing topless, using her hands to cover herself while striking poses in the sand and dancing on the ocean.

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Excited to be in 2018 @si_swimsuit issue again!!!!!! Thank you to the whole SI crew for making my trip to #Nevis is so epic!

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On Tuesday, it was announced that the 24-year-old model Danielle Herrington would be on the front page of this year’s SI Swimsuit issue. Herrington made history as the third African-American woman on the cover, following in the footsteps of Tyra Banks and Beyonce.

Graham took to Instagram to congratulate the new cover girl, and said, “DANIELLE!!!! Tears of joy for this morning. Congratulations on breaking even MORE barriers to be the 3rd black woman ever on the cover of @si_swimsuit! I have so many emotions… FLOATING GIRL!!

DANIELLE!!!! Tears of joy for you this morning! Congratulations on breaking even MORE barriers to be the 3rd black woman ever on the cover of @si_swimsuit! I have so many emotions? RISE GIRL!! @danielle_herrington_

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This year’s SI issue also features a nude spread with the title “In Her Own Words” that features Sailor Brinkley Cook, Paulina Porizkov, Robyn Lawley and Aly Raisman posing nude with words on their body. The shots were inspired by the many women who come forward to speak out about sexual misconduct, including Raisman, who recently opened up about the abuse that she suffered from the USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

“I want to remind everyone that being a survivor is nothing to be ashamed of, and going through a difficult time does not define you,” Raisman said to SI Swimming. “I hope that one day we to a point in which everyone realizes that women do not need to modest to be respected. We are free to draw confidence and happiness in our own way, and it is never for someone else to choose for us, or even judge us for that matter.”

The “In Her Own Words,” spread that is meant to celebrate and promote various types, according to SI Swim editor MJ Day.

Women don’t need modest to be respected– Live for you! Everyone should feel comfortable to express themselves but it makes them happy. Women can be intelligent, fearless, sexy, powerful, strong, advocate for change, while wearing what makes them feel best. The time where women are taught to feel ashamed of their body. The female body is beautiful and we can all be proud of who we are, inside and out. Thank you @si_swimsuit @mj_day @darciebaum @ja_neyney @taylorbphoto & the rest of the team.

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But the spread drew opposition against those who have mocked the magazine for the attempt to empower women by having them pose nude. Despite the opposition, models, like Raisman had another look at the controversial spread.

“For me, ‘In Her Own Words” serves as a reminder of the fact that we are all humans, we are all fighting something, and it is OK not” Raisman said to SI Swimming. “We are not alone and we need each other.”

You can find Morgan M. Evans on Twitter @themizfactor.

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