Sports Illustrated 'Swimsuit' Issue 2021 : Megan Thee Stallion, Naomi Osaka & Leyna Bloom

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  1. TunHakii

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    Megan Thee Stallion by James Macari
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    Naomi Osaka by Yu Tsai
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    Leyna Bloom by Yu Tsai
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  2. Bertrando3

    Bertrando3 Well-Known Member

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    Naomi's cover is the only one I like. Love the styling and confidence.
     
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    I would say the overall photography improved compared to last year but the casting is all over the place and isnt very good, the layout of the cover isnt very good. None of it is really that interesting, and my god do I want to kill whoever does their color grading.
     
  4. A.D.C.

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    Just beating a dead horse now.
     
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    dior_couture1245 Fat Karl

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    Opening Eyes. Speaking Truths. Changing Minds.

    Sports Illustrated.

    ROFL.
     
  6. Phuel

    Phuel Well-Known Member

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    ^^^ ESPN/Sports Illustrated have been veering toward the extreme Left in the last few years, frankly (...at least towards "liberal" issues that have been mass-approved and known to be profitable LOL). So this talking-points of “Opening Eyes. Speaking Truths.Changing Minds.” does seem on-brand. Whether they’re sincere or just understanding the current socio-political market-trend of liberal hyperbole profiteering, is questionable. And you know, until such institutions are more welcoming to gay athlete representation, I’d side with the latter. (Will wait to see how Carl Nassib is treated in the playing field and how he’s promoted by such an entity as Sports Illustrated until I take their “Opening Eye. Speaking Truths. Changing Minds.” with any weight other than a good tagline to blend in with the faux-humanitarianism trend of the times.)

    (At least someone finally has the sense to photographed Naomi with some sense of warmth while still maintaining a bravado— unlike her usual mean girls expression.)
     
  7. MulletProof

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    ^ it's really not any 'extreme' left (which in the US just means 'not being in the right' 'we only have two parties, are you with me or against me? :lol:), or left at all, just this ultra-capitalist, commodity activism ("shop for change!") and like you say, knowing where the money is in a rapidly decreasing market. It seems that there is really no other option for magazines.

    I really recommend this thesis by Sofia Varnström.. it's so interesting to see the way these publications found gold in political turmoil and managed to prolonged their existence through.. well, lots of bulls*it.

    Back to the visuals lol, I really think only Megan and Leyna are sticking to the SI brand, you know, that horny raunchy look.. but Megan's bikini looks cheaper, which is more consistent with what SI has been doing for the past 20 years so I'd say she's the winner here. Naomi's cover.. I don't know.. I just can't picture that image in a filthy, testosterone-charged car repair shop, is she supposed to look empowered or just proud? cause I'm only getting that '..I knew it had to be the transmission' clueless client look (when the oily dudes already know you don't know) and that's.. not hot.
     
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  8. tigerrouge

    tigerrouge don't look down

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    It's nothing new that teenagers consider themselves activists - this is an age group which has always been very involved with causes, and marketers have always looked to exploit that simple-minded eagerness to 'do the right thing' (or at least be seen to be doing it).

    What's new is that we're ALL now expected to have the mentality of teenagers, and to get behind even the most banal and self-serving presentations of activism, as if we've suddenly lost our senses. We're supposed to just consume ideas without question, and the fashion presented in magazines reflects that - looks without sophistication, elevation or effort, perfect to match the mood of the moment.
     
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    The Naomi's cover is a milles better than the other two.
     
  10. MulletProof

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    I don't know, I was a teenager in the early 00s and the word 'activism' never remotely crossed my mind!.. even less so as a pre-teen, and I don't remember anyone my age being into that.. no social media/tiktok so there was zero pressure to, in addition to being 13 but trying your best to look like a 30 year old p*rn star, 'cultivate' a personality or sound smarter or wise 'beyond my years' for the sake of accumulating likes. I remember me and my friends were more than fine with being obnoxious teenagers talking all day long about inconsequential topics like boys and glittered eyeshadow..

    Obviously some events serve as a good eye-opener to politics and your understanding of society (in my case, the invasion of Iraq..? and maybe earlier, the anti-globalization protests) but I even remember the protesters at the time being "old" people (as in, in their 20s).. it wasn't a teenage thing like a Greta Thunberg rally. On the other hand, this keyboard activism that is totally okay with seeing a cause being diluted with aggressive consumption, is not exclusive of teenagers.. at all, I see it more among people in their late 20s and early 30s, who seem quite desperate to establish and publicize their morality as long as it doesn't take too many clicks from them.

    The way I see it, the deeper your engagement is with social media (regardless of age), the bigger the need to make your point of view known but without ever looking boring or less attractive.. so a combination of some fashion, sex, hot clothes, other thirst traps and the weekly ~deep sociopolitical content~ with cute fonts and graphics seems about perfect to secure likes and visibility.. and this is where the survival of magazines lies imo, every person's 'journey' in their influencer aspirations.
     
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    Interview of Leyna Bloom as cover model by Tyra Banks:

     
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    Thanks for the link, Mullet. Yes, you’re right: George W. Bush’s “You’re either with us, or against us” is now adopted by the “Left”, along with the totalitarian arrogance of the Bush regime. No thank you to both versions of the same arrogance. (I still get a chuckle out of some moron’s grandstanding, virtue-signaling proclamation of “Fcuk the police!”— and I don’t mean Madonna, when a pic of Megan being escorted away inside a police car… Only to realize the truth was that she wasn’t being arrested but she was being protected by the police when her thug BF shot her in the foot for defying him LOL)

    I’d argue that despite not looking raunchy cheap enough, Naomi actually looks the best I've ever seen her on a covershot. She can’t pull off smouldering/alluring/sensual without always looking like the bland-looking mean girl from HS who’s overcompensating by scowling-down on everyone. Leyna is the one that looks most like a try-hard caricature of sexy. My god, these 3 aren’t exactly prime casting even by this rag’s better standards, but they are absolutely reflective of the times we’re in.
     
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    I only like Naomi's it has the most confidence and better composition though the mainstream will most likely veer towards Meghan's.
     
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    Megan looks great but I don’t care for the swimsuit she’s wearing. Naomi looks confident, powerful, and sexy. Hers is the standout, for me.
     
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    hah, my version of that was [please insert the high-pitched valley girl voice that comes with these statements]: 'it doesn't matter where you live, if you're not raising your voice today, you ARE a part of the problem!'.. :lol:.. speaking of the petulant, 'with me or against me' mentality. I'm sure the incriminatory tone is exactly what someone making minimum wage needs to take a day off without salary and join an effin' march lol..

    Agree on Leyna! though I'd say the sexy caricature look is totally SI.. this is from 2017:
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    I don't want to give away just how classist I actually am lol but.. there's a certainly lifestyle that comes with that over-the-top femininity and exaggerated and almost comical sexuality, it may seem like a parody if you've learned to associate looks with status, as most of us with interest in fashion have for better or for worse!, but it seems to me that, you know, really modest men (like, maybe a miner somewhere in the midwest!) don't really.. care for that and this remains pretty effective? at least this seems more sought after, that rawr 'sex all day and will also stab my nails on the scalp of whoever cuts in front of me at the grocery store' vibe..
     
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    A few days ago, a minor league hockey player came out and was treated overwhelmingly positively. I suppose that it was such news is a sign that sports probably isn't all that welcoming, generally, though.

    It seems to me that many leading the anti-police movement in the US aren't living in high-crime areas, and don't require much police protection anyway.
     
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    ^^^ It’s one thing for leaders of minor, even professional sports institutions to openly say they’re welcoming of gay athlete, especially in the NFL and NBA (… What else could they say in this current climate of PCness???). It’s another story for them when it comes to seeing how much court openly gay players will get in the NFL/NBA— and if all these multi-billion conglomerates will invest the money in promoting openly gay athlete. Homophobia is still rampant in the professional sports world, even if it’s not expressed through violence. It’s no wonder that the overwhelmingly gay NFL players only come out when they have retired and/or were playing college football. Michael Sam is gay pro-drafted player who has felt the brunt of coming out while still actively playing. A masculine, alpha NFL player who is gay like Nassib is still a threat to the masses— and even rejected by some from the LBGTA community, as opposed to the stereotypical queer-eye-for-the-straight-guy types. Just like “you’re not Black enough” accusations, there are absolutely of “you’re not gay enough”.

    Many hetero men in general just want big T&A (...not that different from size queens that are only interested in big D&A). Again, nothing against that brand of preference and doesn’t really define who they are. Although, I do tend to lust a bit less after some hot hetero who’s openly flirty after I’ve seen the type of women he goes out with LOL
     
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    Just googled this Carl Nassib fellow and suddenly I'm ready to start a change.org petition demanding him as the coverstar for next year's swimsuit edition. All in the name of, uh, equality or something!
     
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    Considering that Megan Thee Stallion looks vulgar as usual and Naomi Osaka (although a GREAT tennis player!) simply is not a model material, the obvious choice is Leyna Bloom who, in my opinion, looks/poses far superior than the previous two!

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    LEYNA BLOOM 2021: TAMPA
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    Stylist: Hayley Atkin
    Hair: DJ Quintero
    Make-Up: Rebecca Alexander
    Model: Leyna Bloom

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