Perth, Australia-based models Kate Wasley, 22, and Georgia Gibbs, 21, went viral a few months ago when Gibbs posted an innocent photo that emphasized the friends’ different body shapes. Now the pair, who launched a body-positive blog in the wake of their viral fame, are moving on up with a feature in the 2018 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
A post shared by GEORGIA MAE (@georgiagibbs_) on Jan 21, 2017 at 6:53pm PST
In the famous snapshot, Wasley and Gibbs are laughing together while posing in front of a harbor at sunset. The overwhelming response to the photo became the catalyst for their blog Any Body, which works to erase beauty standards and eliminate body comparison. It’s because of this positive message that they send that SI editor MJ Day seemingly tapped them for the upcoming issue.
A post shared by MJ Day (@mj_day) on Oct 18, 2017 at 6:58am PDT
Day emphasized her casting choice in a photo posted to Instagram. “While everyone is entitled to their opinion and preference of what they consider beautiful, I would like to state very plainly that there is NO PLACE for hate and shaming here,” she wrote. “Beauty is subjective, our readership is vast, and the women here will continue to represent that.”
This shoot has been incredible. From our hosts in Aruba to the incredible team working their butts off for 2 weeks straight to create content that will inspire and entertain. I am so grateful. One NOT so small thing I would like to address is the amount of negativity that has been directed to the talent that makes up this incredible group of women that are a part of SI Swimsuit. "Too fat, too thin, too much boob, not enough boob, flat ass, fat ass", the list of criticisms and critiques goes on and on. While everyone is entitled to their opinion and preference of what they consider beautiful I would like to state very plainly that there is NO PLACE for hate and shaming here. Beauty is subjective, our readership is vast and the women here will continue to represent that. Unapologetically and gloriously. Please focus your energies on supporting that. ❤️
A post shared by MJ Day (@mj_day) on Oct 18, 2017 at 5:48pm PDT
Even as they continue to climb the modeling ranks, the pair plans to continue working to empower women with Any Body. “It’s for anyone that’s ever felt insecure because they’re ‘too thin,’ or ‘too fat,’ have rolls, scars, cellulite or stretch marks,” said Wasley. “It’s for anyone that’s ever been told they would be beautiful if they only lost weight.”
@si_swimsuit THE MAGAZINE that embraces beauty with no boundaries, shape, size, background, markings… Equal for all & we are so proud to be a part of a brand that represents women everywhere ❤️ We love you @si_swimsuit @mj_day @yutsai88 #SiSwim #LoveAnyBODY #womenempowerwomen
A post shared by Any BODY (@any.body_co) on Oct 18, 2017 at 9:31am PDT
They also stress that body diversity goes both ways and to “quit the comparisons.”
BODY DIVERSITY GOES BOTH WAYS PEOPLE!!!!! Sure size diversity is GREAT, AMAZING, YAY, but again, it’s putting women into a mould, saying that they should look a certain way, have curves only in the ‘correct’ places. I wonder if my photo my cellulite or stretch marks were visible that I would have had the same response? Or if I had of been sitting down with stomach rolls visible that my curves still would have been in the right place? No one body type is better than the other… I applaud any brand that uses diversity in advertising, but please please remember that there are SO many other body types out there than the ones you see selling you things.
A post shared by Any BODY (@any.body_co) on Oct 20, 2017 at 4:02am PDT
The Swimsuit Issue hits newsstands in early 2018.
A post shared by Any BODY (@any.body_co) on Oct 20, 2017 at 7:23am PDT
“We are beyond excited to be apart of the SI family,” said Wasley. “To be a part of something so iconic that is so inclusive of race, size, and shape is truly a dream come true!”
Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle: