Caroline Wozniacki in the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
The tennis star first appeared in the 2015 issue, and now she’s back (in body paint, no less) for the 2016 edition, which has just been announced. (After all, who can’t use a little Sunshine in their day?) She joins two other athletes, skier Lindsay Vonn and mixed martial artist and co-cover girl Ronda Rousey.
One might wonder how much longer this issue will be around- it’s a product of a different time, and these types of images are readily available on the Internet. The other side of the coin is, women want to be taken as serious athletes- does this type of photography take away from serious athletic credibility? Or do you file this under “Women athletes can be feminine, too.”