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2 plus-sized models, 56-year-old photographed in SI swimsuit issue

Sports Illustrated is diversifying its famous swim suit issue by featuring some of the world's most beautiful models.

This year, the magazine has made a plus size model the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie swimsuit model.

Ashley Graham, 29, a size 16, landed the coveted title. She was photographed alongside Philomena Kwao, 26, size 14.

Graham and Kwao are not the first plus-sized models featured in the swimsuit issue, last year Robyn Lawley, size 12, was pictured.

Graham also appeared in an ad for the magazine last year, but is now said to be the trailblazer for an on-going trend for Sports Illustrated.

Graham says she just wants to be considered a model-- not a plus size model.

Nicola Griffin, 56, is also featured in this year's issue.