The SI swimsuit cover for 2015 is getting a lot of attention this week after the Today show censored it with a big red bow when model Hannah Davis visited to promote it.
Davis told Matt Lauer that she thought the producers' decision to censor the photo--which shows her in a standing position, pulling her bikini bottom down in the front--made the image look naughtier than it really was.
"I think you’re making it look a lot naughtier than it really is, to be honest. To be honest, I think SI always tries to do something a little different every year, and I think this year, it’s the year of the torso," she said.
The show isn't alone in wanting to cover Davis up; the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has written a letter to major retailers asking them not to stock the magazine in the open. According to the New York Post, they are considering the photo to be bordering on "pornographic".
"Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Swimsuit issue’s cover does not simply feature a beautiful woman in a bikini, it borders obscenity as the focus is specifically on the exposed pubic area," said NCSE executive director Dawn Hawkins.
Davis has officially declared 2015 to be the "year of the torso" and said she was taken by surprise when SI asked her to be the 2015 cover model.
"It was an overwhelming moment. I was crying. I was so blindsided by the whole thing, but it's an honor," Hannah Davis said.
The SI swimsuit cover for 2015 is the first for Hannah, although she's been in the magazine twice before.