The U.S. women’s national soccer team took home the World Cup — and that’s not all! Each and every athlete has her very own ‘Sports Illustrated’ cover — what a way to celebrate! See each and every one right here.
Sports Illustrated just did the coolest thing ever. Considering the U.S. women’s national soccer team made history by being the first to win three Women’s World Cups, it is only right that Sports Illustrated made history by giving all 23 players and coach, Jill Ellis, their very own covers — wow. Each of the players looks stunning on their covers — do you agree?
The entire team became overnight celebs after their record-breaking win, and it is only fair! Not only did Taylor Swift, 25, bring the girls on stage at her July 10 concert in New Jersey, they got their own parade in NYC, and tons of other press.
We absolutely love this idea — not only because we admire and respect each one the girls so much, but because magazines have a way of sexing up female athletes on their covers, rather than acknowledging them for their talents and efforts — so, the fact that each girl was photographed in their own jerseys, holding the World Cup trophy — that is definitely a breath of fresh air.
Every single team member — from Megan Rapinoe, Abby Wambach, (to name a few), to Carli Lloyd, who led the team to victory — looked naturally beautiful on their covers.
Chris Stone, Sports Illustrated managing editor, made a comment about why he chose this idea for the cover, and how quickly it came to life. “On Tuesday, July 7, we alighted on the idea of one cover for each of the 23, plus a 24th for the coach. The USWNT has plenty of recognizable, even famous names, but we couldn’t think of a group so thoroughly identified with a team as this one. We could go two ways: a team shot, which seemed a little conventional here, or something different and fresh: honoring not just one or two players, but all 23 of them with their own cover.”
What do you guys think of the Sports Illustrated cover?
— Olivia Elgart