Namely, Grammy winner Megan Thee Stallion—as one of three separate cover stars—has now become the first rap artist to appear on the publication’s swimsuit cover. As Megan explained, this marks another example of taking a childhood dream and making it reality.
“I was the little girl looking at the cover of Sports Illustrated saying, ‘One day this is going to be me.’ And I manifested it,” Megan, who recently celebrated the RIAA platinum certification of her Good News album, said.
For the cover feature, Megan was photographed by James Macari in Miami, Florida. She also linked up with Sports Illustrated cover alum Tyra Banks, resulting in a to-be-revealed conversation spanning everything from the shared experience of being on the SI cover to their respective passion projects.
Speaking with People about the process of bringing her SI cover to life, Megan reveled that her “earliest memory” of the publication’s swimsuit special was a cover featuring Banks.
“I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this girl looks like me!’ Here is this stunning Black woman owning her curves and it made a big impact,” Megan said. “It made me think, maybe I can be on the cover of SI Swim one day. And guess what — I am!”