SI's Swimsuit Issue might not be an obvious platform for addressing the #MeToo movement or women's advocacy, but this latest edition includes a campaign called In Her Own Words. In addition to the typical shots of women lying on the sand in bikinis (or, often not), this year's Swimsuit Issue features unedited photos of 36 nude women shot by an all-female crew; people featured in the campaign include plus-size models, returning SI alumni, and athletes such as Raisman.
"I would like to remind everyone that being a survivor is nothing to be ashamed of, and going through a hard time does not define you." —Aly Raisman, Olympic athlete
The women photographed for In Her Own Words were given creative control to pick the words and phrases painted onto their body. Raisman, who recently dealt, both privately and publicly, with the sexual abuse she experienced at the hands of disgraced Olympic doctor Larry Nassar, painted "Survivor," "Every voice matters," and "Women do not need to be modest to be respected" onto her body.
In her shoot, Raisman not only made a bold statement about silencing and victim blaming but also shared with SI that she wants to "encourage anyone out there to remember that you deserve to feel safe, everyone has a story, and everyone deserves to be heard." Raisman added, "I would like to remind everyone that being a survivor is nothing to be ashamed of, and going through a hard time does not define you."
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