Megan Thee Stallion Stuns as Sports Illustrated Cover

July 19, 2021

By: Kana Ruhalter

Megan Thee Stallion is having a hot (cover)girl summer!

The Grammy award-winning rapper graced the cover of the infamous ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit magazine, a moment other massive stars mark as huge milestones in their career. US magazine reports that not only is she showing off her iconic body (ody ody), she is also making history as the first rapper to cover Sports Illustrated. 

In a behind-the-scenes interview at the photoshoot, the “WAP” rapper beamed with pride as she expressed her excitement.

“I have a voice, I have a platform and I get to be the first rapper on the cover of Sports Illustrated. I’ve wanted to do it for so long. I’ve wanted to do it all my life. Like honestly, I was the little girl who was looking at Sports Illustrated like, ‘One day, this is gonna be me.’ And I manifested it. I wanted to do it and now I’m here,” said Megan. 

And she had a stark message for her haters:

“I love myself. I don’t know what you love, but I will make you love me,” said the 26-year-old icon. “And if you don’t love me, that’s fine too. You can go look at whatever you wanna look at boo. Why you here with me right now? You looking at me. So deal with it.” 

The singer jumped onto Instagram on Monday, July 19, when Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition released the cover shot. “REAL SPORT ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT EDITION COVER MODEL SHIT!!! ????????Thee first female rapper on the cover of @si_swimsuit  ???????? I want to thank all the strong women in my life who inspired me to love my body and live my best hot girl life. It means the world to me to be on this cover. DREAM COME TRUE!! ????#SISwim21,” she captioned in her post of the shot. 

2021’s Swimsuit Edition of Sports Illustrated has broken other glass ceilings too. 

Naomi Osaka, a professional tennis player and world-renowned athlete, is the first Japanese and Haitian woman to land a cover shot. She elaborated on how excited she was in a video, saying it “feels like a dream.” 

Leyna Bloom is the first transgender woman to grace the cover in the publication’s history. Bloom feels similar to Osaka, referring to the edition of the magazine as a “dream come true.” 

“This moment heals a lot of pain in the world. We deserve this moment; we have waited millions of years to show up as survivors and be seen as full humans filled with wonder,” she wrote via Instagram. “I am so happy, honored, and humbled to share that I’m 1st trans woman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated!”