Forget Kate Upton! The 2014 ‘Sports Illustrated’ swimsuit issue will feature America’s most iconic babe — Barbie! Do you love this controversial idea, or will you miss seeing a real-life beauty grace the mag’s notorious swimsuit issue cover?
Sports Illustrated‘s 2014 swimsuit issue cover will feature Barbie rocking her original 1958 swimsuit. Talk about a throwback! The magazine is teaming up with Mattel as part of Barbie’s new “Unapologetic” campaign.
Barbie On Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue — Doll Poses For 50th Anniversary
Barbie will pose alongside other iconic swimsuit cover models for the magazine’s 50th anniversary edition, but the decision to feature the defiant doll is already causing a stir.
“As a legend herself, and under criticism about her body and how she looks, posing in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit gives Barbie and her fellow legends an opportunity to own who they are, celebrate what they have done, and be unapologetic,” Mattel spokeswoman Michelle Chidoni told Ad Age.
“Barbie has always been a lightning rod for controversy and opinions,” Michelle added. “Posing in SI gives Barbie and her fellow legends an opportunity to own who they are, celebrate what they have accomplished and show the world it is OK to be capable and captivating.”
We’re all for women owning who they are, but unfortunately not everyone sees Barbie’s SI cover issue in the same flattering light.
Barbie Courts Controversy With ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Cover
Both Barbie and SI‘s annual swimsuit issue have faced public backlashes for promoting unrealistic body images, and many critics are taking the doll’s cover issue — as well as Mattel’s “Unapologetic” campaign — as the ultimate offense.
“Barbie has big boobs, blonde hair, a tiny waist and impossibly long legs. Of course, she’s not apologizing for who she is! Look at her! We wouldn’t be apologizing either if we looked like that! This whole campaign is trying to send a message, but it’s not the right one,” writes E!’s Jenna Mullins. “Well, it’s the right one, but it’s using the wrong spokesmodel.”
So HollywoodLifers, what do YOU think of Sports Illustrated’s decision to put Barbie on the cover of their swimsuit issue? Let us know.
– Tierney McAfee