Hunter McGrady felt 'so beautiful' posing for Sports Illustrated 6 months postpartum

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Hunter McGrady posed for Sports Illustrated six months after giving birth. (Image via Getty Images)
Hunter McGrady posed for Sports Illustrated six months after giving birth. (Image via Getty Images)

Hunter McGrady is feeling like "superwoman" in the new issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.

In a new Instagram post by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, the 29-year-old model stunned in a multicolour high-waisted bikini by Mara Hoffman.

The magazine shared an interview with McGrady, who opened up about modelling for SI's infamous swimsuit issue just months after giving birth to her first child.

"This year in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit for me felt different than any years past," the "Model Citizen" podcast host said. "I was just shy of 6 months postpartum when I shot and I felt like superwoman. I went into this knowing that my body would look wildly different than before and yet that is what excited me the most."

In 2017, McGrady was crowned the "curviest" model to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue — at size 16. While she has modelled a total of five times for the magazine, she explained that she knew this time would be different.

Grady said her body has gone through "so much" including giving birth and navigating the pandemic.

"I felt more beautiful, empowered, and confident than I ever have before and I remember texting my sister during the shoot saying, “This feels different, I just feel so beautiful," McGrady continued. "I felt like I had come home and was exactly where I needed to be. I felt really powerful on set."

The photo as well as the interview with McGrady was met with praise form fans and followers.

"Talk about [a] beauty," one fan wrote.

"Congratulations on this latest spread," another said. "Love seeing you featured in all the places!"

Hunter McGrady is featured in the latest edition of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
Hunter McGrady is featured in the latest edition of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)

"Yes, yes, yes!" a follower cheered. "The most beautiful mama inside and out."

During her interview with the magazine, McGrady shared some of her favourite moments in the magazine's history.

“I grew up looking at Sports Illustrated. My mom was a model; my grandmother was a model, so I grew up around Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. I think the one that really stuck out to me was Tyra Banks. I just remember looking at her thinking, this is the most beautiful woman in the world and being so enamoured," she explained. "It’s pretty incredible that I am amongst all these women. Another one was Kate Upton that I was really enamoured with because, at the time, I felt like her body looked like mine. And I just felt that was the first time I really saw someone that was curvier than the models that I had seen in the past.”

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