Hannah Davis: SI Cover Backlash Is "Silly"

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Hannah Davis thinks that the whole controversy over her racy photo for the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is a little ridiculous.

The 24-year-old model was ecstatic to get the news that she had made the cover in the first place.

"I've always enjoyed the whole Swimsuit experience, and said that anything extra—a little square on the cover or anything like that—was a bonus. But still, this was my dream," Hannah Davis told the folks at SI.

However, not everyone was as excited as Hannah Davis was.

Some thought her cover, which shows her in what seems to be the process of taking off her bikini bottoms, crossed a certain line.

Thank you to my @si_swimsuit and @imgmodels family! I am honored to be your 2015 cover girl! Wow!! #SISwim

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Hannah Davis went on Today to discuss her cover with Matt Lauer. For the show, they covered her almost exposed lady bits with a red ribbon graphic. When asked if she thought they were being prudent or just being prudes, she leaned toward the latter.

"I think you're making it look a lot naughtier than it really is to be honest,'' Hannah Davis said.

Hannah Davis added, "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."

Great morning with @iamsteveharveytv at the @TodayShow, thank you for having me! #SISwim @si_swimsuit

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As far as controversy goes, Hannah Davis told the New York Post that a little bit of controversy is nothing new to SI.

Hannah Davis said, “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.”

She's got a point there.

Hannah Davis went on to say, “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.”

To the people who put together the magazine, Hannah Davis was absolutely perfect in the pic.

SI Assistant Managing Editor MJ Day said of Hannah Davis' cover shot, "I didn't think it could get better than Hannah's Jersey Shore shoot last year, but this year everything clicked. It was perfection."

What do you think about Hannah Davis' cover photo for SI?

Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.

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