Sports Illustrated Swimsuit maintained its reputation by once again making history. For the first time in 58 years, the magazine’s issue features a model with her C-section scar exposed.
Kelly Hughes has become the new face of the magazine, inspiring women everywhere to treat their bodies with respect.
So here’s everything you need to know about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit pattern.
Meet Kelly Hughes
At 42, Kelly is a model and mother of one child, a son named Harlem.
Kelly is a body positivity advocate. His Instagram biography says, “Embrace your curves.”
She’s also been active in talking about motherhood, while keeping the identity of her baby’s father a secret from her more than 50,000 Instagram followers.
A few hours ago, she shared her cover photo for SI’s annual issue and written in the caption: “I am speechless and so honored to be in @si_swimsuit 2022 as the FIRST woman to expose her C-section scar in magazine history!”
“I struggled with the insecurities of my scar being a model and my incredibly difficult recovery, but it wasn’t until I ‘kissed my scar’ that I felt the true power within it,” she adds.
She is also a jewelry designer.
Kelly has her own jewelry line called Shades.
The model wants her brand to be for everyone, regardless of gender, “where you can have a HUES wristband in whatever option you choose that you identify with, without “borders or boundaries”.
Although it seems that the name of the brand is taken from the model’s nickname, there is a deeper meaning.
The website defines Hues as: “The attribute of colors which classifies them as red, yellow, green, blue, or some intermediate between any contiguous pair of these colors.”
“HÜES doesn’t define genres, it invites them both,” says Kelly.
The brand’s collection includes earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets.
Kelly’s designs are sported by a number of celebrities such as J Balvin, Ricky Martin, Chayenne, Zion and Lennox, Alicia Keys and Maxwell, among others.
The model talks about giving birth
Although Kelly is now proud of the scar she bears, the birth of her son was complicated.
She hoped to welcome him through hypnobirthing. However, due to unexpected complications, she had to undergo a caesarean section.
“I was very upset when the doctors told me we had to do a caesarean section because that was not my birth plan.” But, she went with the new plan because she couldn’t risk her baby.
Kelly had to be taken back to the hospital after returning home with her bundle of joy because her scar developed an infection.
It had to be cut open to be processed, but three years later it has become a symbol of empowerment for Kelly and many other women around the world.
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