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Sports Illustrated Feature Model With C-Section Scar For The First Time

Sports Illustrated Feature Model With C-Section Scar For The First Time


For the first time in it’s 58 years, Sports Illustrated have featured a model proudly showing her C-section scar. It’s not covered up or photo shopped out. For a magazine that is associated with images of the ‘perfect body’ this is a huge deal! Do you agree?

The annual Swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated features model Kelly Hughes showing off her cesarean section scar in the pages.

In an attempt to show how birth and motherhood can change a woman’s body the magazine says it wanted to help normalise various kinds of birth.

Not stopping at just a photo shoot, the publication also launched a C-section recovery line, ‘to empower women who’ve recovered from this type of birth.’


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Speaking to Allure magazine, model Kelly Hughes says her scar led to some deep insecurities about her body.

“It took time to heal physically and mentally and embrace all that I had gone through and the many changes to my body to find the strength in it,” she said. “It wasn’t until I embraced my scar that I experienced the power in it.”



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“This was so much more than a photo shoot to me,” she said.”There is an incredible shift happening in our society today with inclusivity. To be given this opportunity to tell my story, [I can] hopefully encourage women to be empowered.”


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Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal is a writer and blogger who loves nothing more than watching back to back episodes of crime shows. Should she ever find herself needing to cover up a crime, she'll know exactly what to do! Her dream is to one day live in Palm Springs where she can do her writing poolside while drinking endless gin and tonics. Mum to the cutest twin boys in the world, she loves nothing more than the sound of their laughter (usually heard when they're conspiring against her). Entertainment writer and pop culture junkie, she will be bringing you all the celebrity gossip and news that your brain can handle. You can follow her blog at and on Instagram at Chrystalovevintage

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