Iconic publication Sports Illustrated has embraced the Plus Size community with open arms and broke down so many barriers. Inducting Plus-Size models into they’re Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookies class. Heading into a new direction, the decision to involve Plus-Size model into mainstream industry accolades has come with so many different reactions on every level. Controversy, praise, and sadly a tremendous amount of trolling. Top model Barbara Palvin is one of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2016’s Rookies, making her debut in the iconic publication. For her spread, the Hungarian beauty was photographed on location in the Turks & Caicos by James Macari. Posing in crystal blue water, Barbara looks as sexy as ever in a mix of skimpy bikinis, one-pieces and cutout styles.

Since last year’s first-ever induction into the Rookies with Robyn Lawley, trolls attacked every single Plus Size model to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated with some of the most cruel and discouraging comments about the physical appearances; however, to the trolls surprise, the models are striking back with powerful and inspiring responses. Trollers over the weekend attacked Barbara after her photos from the Sports Illustrated spread surfaced along with the announcement of the rookie class. Standoffish, Palvin hit back at her body shammers this weekend after critics mocked the 2016 rookie as fat. The 22-year-old model, who was first discovered a decade ago in her native Budapest, Hungary, took to Twitter to clap back at her haters, tweeting on February 20: “Wooow. I got some nasty comments about me being fat. well I am not as skinny as i was when i was 18. but I don’t consider myself fat!”

Palvin looked at this debut Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue experience as life-changning. She talked with Yahoo early this month and stated: “It’s a huge thing in my career,” Palvin gushed. “It’s going to change a lot — like everything’s going to change — after this comes out. And you know, it’s an honor.”

Here’s the complete spread of Barbara Palvin in the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, shot by James Macari in Turks & Caicos:


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At 13, it’s recorded that Palvin was discovered in Budapest, by the time she turned 19, she had stream rolled through Asia’s fashion scene and modeled for several of the biggest brands in modeling like Victoria’s Secret, H&M, and Prada. Palvin kicked off 2016 as the new face of Cartier De Lune and Lagerfeid Private Club. She is the current cover model of Elle’s Serbia-edition and the official brand ambassador for L’Oreal. Palvin’s rookie class of Sports Illustrated Swimwsuit models include IMG’s Ashley Graham, Elite/IMG’s Tanya Mityushina, Storm London’s Sofia Resing, and Bojana “Bo” Krsmanovic.

Voting for the Sports Illustrated 2016 Rookie of the Year is still underway, visit Sports Illustrated today to cast your vote for your favorite Swimsuit Rookie.


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