Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model defends cover - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model defends cover

Posted: Updated:
Hannah Davis attends Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue 2015 Celebration at Marquee on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, In New York. Hannah Davis attends Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue 2015 Celebration at Marquee on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, In New York.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If Nashville fans thought they'd be rubbing elbows with models clad in bikinis at Wednesday's celebration of the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, they were disappointed, as all the models were fully clothed.

But the issue's cover model — Hannah Davis — did address the backlash about her provocative photo, in which she's pulling her bikini bottom down — a pose some critics have suggested is, well, overly suggestive.

"There's controversy every year, so I think it's kind of just silly that they're making it out to be the big thing; I mean it's the swimsuit issue," Davis said. "There are far more scandalous pictures in the magazine if you open it up. It's a girl in a bikini, and I think it's empowering; I've been hearing it's degrading. I think the people who are saying that aren't feminists, because I think when you're a woman and you look at that picture and if you overanalyze it as anything more than just a full picture, it's just silly to me."

Fellow model and Nashville resident Lily Aldridge spoke up for her friend.

"I think people are totally overreacting over the cover," said Aldridge. "It's a beautiful picture. Her bikini bottoms are in the perfectly placed position. It's fine. It's sexy and that's what Sports Illustrated is."

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

  • Entertainment NewsEntertainment NewsMore>>

  • Billionaire Boys Club's Joe Hunt seeks cut in life sentence

    Billionaire Boys Club's Joe Hunt seeks cut in life sentence

    Monday, October 22 2018 3:25 PM EDT2018-10-22 19:25:07 GMT
    Tuesday, October 23 2018 10:21 AM EDT2018-10-23 14:21:46 GMT
    The founder of the infamous Billionaire Boys Club who is serving a life sentence for murder is appealing to California Gov. Jerry Brown for a chance at freedom. 
    The founder of the infamous Billionaire Boys Club who is serving a life sentence for murder is appealing to California Gov. Jerry Brown for a chance at freedom. 
  • PBS docuseries 'Native America' recreates cultures pre-1492

    PBS docuseries 'Native America' recreates cultures pre-1492

    Monday, October 22 2018 2:55 PM EDT2018-10-22 18:55:18 GMT
    Tuesday, October 23 2018 10:16 AM EDT2018-10-23 14:16:53 GMT
    (Providence Pictures/PBS via AP). This image released by Providence Pictures shows an ancient kiva in Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, northern New Mexico. The location is featured in a new four-part PBS docuseries, “Native Amer...(Providence Pictures/PBS via AP). This image released by Providence Pictures shows an ancient kiva in Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, northern New Mexico. The location is featured in a new four-part PBS docuseries, “Native Amer...
    A new four-part PBS docuseries entitled "Native America" seeks to recreate a world in the Americas generations prior to the arrival of Europeans. 
    A new four-part PBS docuseries entitled "Native America" seeks to recreate a world in the Americas generations prior to the arrival of Europeans. 
  • Rowling, Tolkien, Austen novels vie for bragging rights

    Rowling, Tolkien, Austen novels vie for bragging rights

    Monday, October 22 2018 1:35 PM EDT2018-10-22 17:35:01 GMT
    Tuesday, October 23 2018 10:16 AM EDT2018-10-23 14:16:28 GMT
    (AP Photo). This combination photo shows J.R.R. Tolkien, author of "The Lord of the Rings," series in 1967, left, and J. K. Rowling, author of the "Harry Potter" series at  the "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" Broadway opening in New York on April 2...(AP Photo). This combination photo shows J.R.R. Tolkien, author of "The Lord of the Rings," series in 1967, left, and J. K. Rowling, author of the "Harry Potter" series at the "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" Broadway opening in New York on April 2...
    A six-month effort to find America's best-loved novel is coming to end, with works by J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen among the top contenders. 
    A six-month effort to find America's best-loved novel is coming to end, with works by J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen among the top contenders. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.