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Yumi Nu becomes the first Asian plus-size model to grace Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover

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  • Model Yumi Nu joins Kim Kardashian, Maye Musk and Ciara as cover stars for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2022 issue, which hits newsstands on May 19.
  • The 25-year-old rising star is the granddaughter of Benihana founder Rocky Aoki and the niece of DJ Steve Aoki.
  • In her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photo shoot, which was shot in Montenegro by James Macari, Nu modeled swimwear, robes and jewelry.
  • Her cover story, titled "Yumi Nu's Year of Visibility," touches on the evolving perceptions in the fashion industry.
  • After becoming the first-ever Asian plus-size model to be featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit last year, Nu graced the cover of Vogue’s September 2021 issue and also became the first Asian curve model on a Vogue Japan cover last month.

After debuting in the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit last year, plus-sized model and singer Yumi Nu is now on the cover of this year’s issue. 

Nu, who is of Dutch and Japanese descent, joined Kim Kardashian, Maye Musk and Ciara as cover stars for the new issue that hits newsstands on May 19.

Hmong American Olympian Suni Lee named Female Athlete of the Year by Sports Illustrated

Sunisa Lee SI Female Athlete of the Year

Sunisa “Suni” Lee, a first-generation Hmong American Olympian who won three medals at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, was named alongside swimmer Caeleb Dressel as Athletes of the Year at the 2021 Sports Illustrated Awards.

New achievement: Lee, 18, was named by the American sports magazine as Female Athlete of the Year, while Dressel was named the Male Athlete of the Year. The awards show was held at Hollywood’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida on Tuesday, according to Sports Illustrated.

Naomi Osaka becomes first Haitian and Japanese woman on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, gets bullied for it

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Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese woman and Black female athlete to appear on Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition cover.

Making history: Osaka, who is representing Japan in the Tokyo Olympics later this month, shared the historic cover for SI’s 2021 Swimsuit issue with rapper Megan Thee Stallion and activist Leyna Bloom, reported USA Today.

Naomi Osaka 1st Asian American Woman to Be Named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year

Sports Illustrated has named tennis superstar Naomi Osaka as one of its “Sportspersons of the Year” for 2020, making her the first Asian American woman to be bestowed the honor.

Star-studded line-up: The popular Japanese-Haitian athlete shares the honor with NBA icon Lebron James, WNBA star Breanna Stewart, as well as NFL idols Patrick Mahomes and Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff.

Michigan City Worker No Longer Employed After Leaving Racist Facebook Comment Mocking Muslim Model


A part-time surveyor for the city of Dearborn, Michigan, is no longer working for the city as a result of the backlash he received for posting a racist comment on WXYZ Detroit’s Facebook post of a Muslim woman featured on Sports Illustrated.

The man in question, identified as Bill Larion, left a comment on the news channel’s Facebook post that says: “Cute picture should be on the cover Camels are us.”