Kim Kardashian is facing backlash for her Sports Illustrated cover, here's why

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Photo credit: Kim Kardashian - Instagram
Photo credit: Kim Kardashian - Instagram

Recently Kim Kardashian revealed her brand new cover with iconic magazine Sports Illustrated, and it was a pretty big deal online. The snaps, which show Kim in a lagoon in the Dominican Republic modelling various swimwear (she must have forgotten her goggles and swim cap but we'll forgive her) were released earlier this week to a lot of praise from fans and pals. However, since breaking the news the underwear mogul has faced some backlash online for the cover, here's why.

Posting a series of snaps - shot by Greg Swales (@gregswalesart) - for the first time on Instagram Kim wrote, "OMG I’m a Sports Illustrated cover girl!!!! We shot this back in January and it’s been so hard to keep this cover a secret!

She added, "For the location we went back to one of my favourite places in the world, the Dominican Republic! It’s such an honour and a dream to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Bucket List goals!!!!"

Obviously, it took literal milliseconds for friends and fans to start leaving supportive comments on the post. Family friend Lala wrote, "Gorgeous ❤️❤️😍😍😍I love these pics so much ❤️😘😘😍," while co-cover star Ciara said, "Get it Kimmie 🥰🥰🥰."

However, it wasn't long before an inevitable backlash began, with some online saying Kim shouldn't be on the cover due to the fact that she isn't an athlete.

"Don’t get me wrong, I live Kim K, BUT there are so many other inspiring female athletes that should be on the cover of Sports Illustrated…," one person tweeted. Another said, "Yes. Where are the athletes? I wish they'd get sports teams and sports women and interview them about their training and competitions. Highlight really active, fit, strong and amazing women winning championships, medals and trophies."

Sure, Kim's not an athlete, but as others were quick to point out Sports Illustrated doesn't only stick to sports personalities for its swimsuit issue.

"It’s a swimsuit issue put out by sports illustrated it’s not that deep," one person commented, and another said, "You don't have to be an athlete to be in the swimsuit issue," and a third person agreed, "Sports Illustrated does their own pics and the Swimsuit Issue does their own."

Regardless, anyone else now really want some elbow length gloves for swimming in... or just us?

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