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Ronda Rousey, Ashley Graham will be on cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

Here is a snippet of two of the three covers.
Here is a snippet of two of the three covers.

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue always generates a lot of publicity.

Last year, Hannah Davis’ risque shot (she was pulling down the front of her bikini bottom) angered a lot of people.

On Saturday, there was a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue special on TNT (a sentence few could have ever expected to be written), and the cover of this year’s issue was revealed. Turns out that there will be three covers.

Plus-sized model/self-professed body advocate Ashley Graham, Hailey Clauson and Ronda Rousey will be featured on separate covers. Ronda Rousey, the the UFC star, will be shown in a painted-on bikini.

Graham was in last year’s swimsuit issue ... in an advertisement.

Clauson is just 20 years old.

You can see all three full covers here. This is a Twitter screenshot of the Rousey and Graham covers:

“The three covers of Hailey, Ronda and Ashley celebrate the new SI Swimsuit,” assistant managing editor MJ Day said in a story published on Sports Illustrated’s web site. “All three women are beautiful, sexy and strong. Beauty is not cookie cutter. Beauty is not ‘one size fits all.’ Beauty is all around us and that became especially obvious to me while shooting and editing this year’s issue.”

The issue is expected to be out Monday.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff