Simone Biles and Aly Raisman’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Photos Are All Kinds of Inspiring
Olympic darlings Simone Biles and Aly Raisman (who is living proof you can find love online) brought serious joy into our lives in 2016 and served as an unfaltering source of fitspiration. Now, they’re back at it again, inspiring us all to be our best with their stunning photos in the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue (which features Kate Upton back as the cover model for the third time).
The 19-year-old four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone made her SI debut alongside three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly as part of this month’s highly anticipated “diversity” issue (which also includes a 63-year-old Christie Brinkley posing alongside her daughters), and needless to say, the shots are breathtaking. Simone shared a couple of her fave photos on Twitter yesterday, and with over 13,000 likes already, it’s safe to say we’re not the only ones feeling the love!
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) February 17, 2017
Posing in a number of bikinis and one-piece suits from MIKOH, Agent Provocateur and OYE Swimwear and allSisters, Simone dazzles in her outdoor Texas shoot, which shows off her muscles (and is seriously making us rethink our unicorn Starbucks order).
Last month, the pint-sized gymnast teased her epic SI feature on Instagram, writing: “So happy to be a part of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Where athletes bodies can be beautiful too.”
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So excited to make my @SI_Swimsuit debut in the 2017 issue! https://t.co/KVGM0T7LDK | So happy to be a part of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Where athletes bodies can be beautiful too. No matter what anyone tells you, have confidence in your own body. OWN IT 🖤 Thanks you @mj_day for the oppurtunity!
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“No matter what anyone tells you, have confidence in your own body. OWN IT,” she concluded.
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) February 16, 2017
Aly Raisman’s shots were also bringing some serious heat, but as Aly told E!, it was made all the more special for her due to the mag’s inclusive theme. “This is the most diverse issue they’ve ever had, so to be a part of that is incredible,” she shared. “You have so many beautiful women but we come from all over the world, with different stories, all different styles, all different heights, and we all get along. We’re all supporting each other and I think it really represents girl power.”
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WOWWW what an honor to be featured in @si_swimsuit 2017. THANK YOU to @mj_day & the SI team for including me in this issue. I'm very proud of my body and how hard I have worked to look like this. I of course like everyone else have my days where I feel insecure and not at my best. BUT I think it is that much more important we love our bodies and support each other. It is 2017 and there is NO perfect or ideal body type. SI SWIM celebrates women for being unique and beautiful in our own way which is why I am so happy to be a part of it. THANK YOU @jamesmacari 💛
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It was also a milestone for Aly personally, who captioned the above pic as follows: “WOWWW what an honor to be featured in @si_swimsuit 2017. THANK YOU to @mj_day and the SI team for including me in this issue. I’m very proud of my body and how hard I have worked to look like this. I of course like everyone else have my days where I feel insecure and not at my best BUT I think it is much more important we love our bodies and support each other. It is 2017 and there is NO perfect or ideal body type. SI Swim celebrates women for being unique and beautiful in our own way which is why I am so happy to be a part of it.”
We are LOVING the fact that SI chose to be more inclusive this year (the issue also includes everyone’s favorite body-positive model Ashley Graham and Hunter McGrady, along with sports star Serena Williams): Check out all the lovely ladies here.
What do you think of the girls’ SI photoshoot? Tweet us @BritandCo.
(Photo via Eamonn M. McCormack + Michael Tran/Getty)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)