Aly Raisman strips down for Sports Illustrated Swim shoot

Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue features unedited photos for first time ever

The only pieces of clothing the wife of Major League Baseball superstar Justin Verlander wore were nude bikini bottoms with a long gold tiered tulle skirt.

Social commentators also weren't happy, expressing their dismay at the publication's new direction.

While the cover went to Danielle Herrington, who is just the third African-American to receive that honor after Tyra Banks and Beyoncé, "Kate the Great", as the mag once dubbed her, appears inside and with the cover line "Kate Upton brings it".

Following the announcement she made her first appearance on "Good Morning America" where she shared how she was "in tears" when she got the news.

In celebrating "women's diverse bodies", Sports Illustrated presents photos of swimsuit issue models present and past, including the lithe 19-year-old Sailor Brinkley Cook (Christie Brinkley's daughter), 28-year-old Robyn Lawley, and 52-year-old Paulina Porizkova.

According to People, the gymnast and survivor hopes to use the "In Her Own Words" platform to be an agent of change both in the gymnastics world and beyond. "I encourage anyone out there to remember that you deserve to feel safe, everyone has a story, and everyone deserves to be heard".

"That makes my heart drop because Tyra, Beyonce, they are superstars", Herrington told ET.

Update: The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 Edition is released.

SI debuted the cover earlier on Tuesday (Feb. 13).

Raisman posed for Sports Illustrated in athletic-themed swimwear past year.

Olivia wears nothing as she strikes some poses with phrases like "woman", "love transforms" and "imperfect" painted on her body. "Women do not have to be modest to be respected" ran down one side of her body. Those are words Raisman lives out: the gymnast made headlines the world over for her courageous public testimony confronting the team doctor who sexually abused her and more than 140 female athletes, and for her words of comfort to other survivors of sexual abuse. She got her first big break when she appeared in SI Swim's Rookie Class in 2017, appearing in a gold string bikini.

You can see the full "In Her Own Words" project.

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