— SI Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) January 10, 2017
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 10, 2017
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) January 10, 2017
Biles and Raisman showcased their toned and muscular bodies in black bathing suits, making sure everyone knows that they can slay on and off the gymnastics floor. Both the 19-year-old Biles and the 22-year-old Raisman have advocated for body positivity, and this shoot shows that any body can be beautiful.
Five months after dominating in Rio with the rest of the “Final Five,” Biles and Raisman’s debut sets the stage for SI’s inaugural VIBES music, food and culture festival. The photos dropped as part of the announcement for the two-day festival, headlined by Diplo and Miguel on Feb. 17-18.
“Aly and Simone represent all that is beautiful and strong and inspiring in women today,” said MJ Day, SI Swimsuit editor, in an interview with the magazine. “I love seeing them shine in an entirely different way in the Swimsuit issue and being able to share these gorgeous and powerful images with the world. These women, their beauty, and what they can achieve know no limits.”