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Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and body psychology




NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14:  Model Ashley Graham attends the Lane Bryant launch of the #PlusIsEqual campaign at Times Square on September 14, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Lane Bryant)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Model Ashley Graham attends the Lane Bryant launch of the #PlusIsEqual campaign at Times Square on September 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Lane Bryant)
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"Sports Illustrated" swimsuit edition: some say that it's the best issue of the magazine to come out every year. Others, accuse the magazine of body-shaming, as the editors only pick the most modelesque women to appear in their pages.

This year, however, a different model is getting attention. Ashley Graham will appear as the first plus-sized model in the history of the swimsuit issue.

Sarah Banet-Weiser, professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC and a director of the Annenberg School of Communication, joined the show to talk about this shift and what is says about how we view body image in this country.

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