At a size 16, Hunter McGrady famously became a pioneer for plus sized models, appearing in Sports Illustrated when she was first featured in the magazine’s swimsuit issue in 2017. Unfortunately according to the model, finding the perfect swimsuit for her personal life has always been a struggle.
“Being a plus-size woman, swimsuit shopping has never been fun or easy for me. As I’d rummage through the racks of swim at retail stores, I’d usually find only a few pieces that are size XL. Still, I’d head to the dressing room to try on pieces that I already know will be disappointing,” she said in an op-ed with Teen Vogue.
“I’d look in the mirror and the cute little bikini that I’ve always wanted — the one that all my girlfriends wear — is barely covering my nipples, let alone my breasts. The straps are digging into my shoulders, already leaving red marks, and the bikini bottom might as well be a tissue with a string attached. Every single time, I leave defeated. This is what it feels like to shop for swimwear when you’re plus-size,” she adds.
Fed up with the lack of swimsuit options for plus-size women and the media constantly implying that bigger girls should cover up, McGrady channeled her frustrations into a new and exciting body-positive swimsuit collab with UK swimsuit and lingerie brand, Playful Promises.
With the debut of her 10-style capsule collection, McGrady hopes to create a new normal in swimwear shopping and encourages plus-size shoppers to approach beach body season with an attitude of confidence, strength, power, and beauty.
“No matter what society says, we are worthy of feeling beautiful in whatever swimsuit we choose to slip on. Stop allowing people to tell you who you are and what you can wear. Don’t let them have that power over you. Your life changes the moment you make the decision to embrace your body just the way it is. Your rolls, your stretch marks, your cellulite pockets: they’re beautiful because they are human,” says McGrady.
The Hunter McGrady x Playful Promises collection is available in sizes 14 to 20 and offers sexy styles which include a White High Neck Lace Panel Swimsuit ($89) and a Red Wrap Bikini ($112 for both top and bottom). And although the collection just launched yesterday, we can’t wait to see what styles she comes up with next!