Last night's episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver featured a segment which addressed a question that everyone who is not a 56-year-old dad who still masturbates to magazines in the bathroom has asked: How is the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue still a thing?
Yes, modeling is a real job—an actual profession that takes hard work and real skill. Yes, it's a problematic industry that often fosters sexism, racism, and body issues. But if we're going to punch it, let's punch at the industry itself, and not the models doing their jobs.
Sports Illustrated has revealed the cover of its annual issue of Boobs: The Great Subsidy, and all the predictable heavy breathing that comes on a day like this has been joined by another kind of "buzz," as one might call it. Between now and the issue's publication date, you are probably going to see SI receiving a…
We can't say we saw this coming—and neither will you, if your wife gets to it first. Click the jump for the very NSFW, and surprising, SI swimsuit cover.
For its Oct. 19 issue, it's "approaching athletes about posing au naturel, albeit artfully covered or positioned. [Editor-in-chief Gary Belsky] adds the question is whether he can pull off the risqué issue without coming off as a 'laddie' magazine." [USAT]