How Sports Illustrated Models Look Before Photoshop

October 27th 2015

Laura Donovan

Models aren't glamorous all of the time, as a new Business Insider video highlights, showing what Sports Illustrated models look like in real life.

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Even those who grace the covers of magazines don't look perfect all of the time and have teams of people who help them appear glamorous. In the video, several models recognize this by sharing natural photos of themselves with fans.

The clip opens with model Chrissy Teigen, a regular in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition who has been very open on social media about the behind-the-scenes work that goes into modeling photo shoots. As ATTN: has noted before, she has also shared photos of herself with little to no makeup and even posted her stretch marks on Instagram to show that models get them, too.

Teigen, who did a Photoshop-free spread for Women's Health UK this year, told Mashable in a recent interview that it's vital to show the full portrait of what it's like to be a woman.

"I think it's extra important right now to show a woman not wholly retouched. It's becoming the norm for people to have this butt that's been plucked and pulled, and these boobs from somewhere else. It's not normal. I think it's our responsibility as women to show our flaws and how we're far from perfect."

The Business Insider video also includes 20-year-old Gigi Hadid, who shot her Sports Illustrated editorial in Hawaii. Like Teigen, Hadid also shares natural photos of herself on Instagram:


A photo posted by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on

Last month, Hadid was widely celebrated on social media for posting a heartfelt Instagram post about her experiences with body-shaming, saying even successful models like herself fall victim to negative comments over her appearance and body. She explained her reaction is to this mistreatment:

"Yes, the judgment on social media comes from people who, 99% of the time, have no idea what they're talking about, but I'm human, and I'm not going to lie, I did let the negativity get to me a little. No, I don’t have the same body types as the other models in shows ... You can make up all the reasons you think I am where I am, but really I’m a hard worker that’s confident in myself, one that came at a time where the fashion industry was ready for a change."

The video wraps up with shots of models Kelly Rohrback and Hannah Davis, both of whom are unafraid to share natural looking photos of themselves on social media. Though she wasn't mentioned in the video, plus-size Sports Illustrated model Robyn Lawley recently published a long Facebook post to express the pride she takes in her stretch marks, which resulted from her recent pregnancy.

Lawley explains that she was very sad last year when a gossip blog misconstrued a conversation she had with a friend and reported that she had considered aborting her pregnancy because she didn't want stretch marks. This heartbreaking experience prompted her to share a photo showing off her stretch marks eight months after giving birth to start a larger conversation around stretch marks and shaming.


Almost a year ago, an interview from a very honest maybe too honest conversation with a friend was manipulated and taken...

Posted by Robyn Lawley on Thursday, October 22, 2015


Lawley writes about what the stretch marks mean to her:

"As for my stretch marks I knew they were coming and as they're fading into white (like all my others) I thought I might capture them. Because they are some bad ass #tigerstripes. And I earned them. We put an unbelievable amount of ridiculous time consuming pressure on women to care so much about their flaws they forget how truly beautiful they (you) are today. F**k them, who cares, be you, be loud, be proud. And put your efforts into skills that rely more on your physical self."

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