If you can recall Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editions of the past that featured professional surfers Anastasia Ashley and Alana Blanchard, then you’ll easily recognize the changes six years has brought to the annual publication.
What have we been waiting for? Not just more professional female surfers in the lineup, but also a new outlook on what beauty means in the modern era. And it may have finally arrived.
Courtney Conlogue, one of three professional surfers featured in this year’s issue along with Caroline Marks and Malia Manuel, shared some behind-the-scenes moments with me detailing the philosophy of the iconic swim issue’s publishers. Her fitting session went on for three hours where she tried on over 200 bikinis, and in the end, the choice of what to wear was hers.