After joining forces with supermodels and legends, King's appearance heralds a new era of inclusivity and glamour, challenging age norms and inspiring fans worldwide.

A Surprise Revelation

Move over, world, and make way for the sensational Gayle King! At the golden age of 69, this powerhouse is proving that glamour knows no age. Gracing the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, King joins the ranks of supermodels and celebrities, including Kate Upton, Hunter McGrady, and Chrissy Teigen, in a dazzling display of beauty and confidence that's setting the internet ablaze!

Imagine the surprise and sheer joy on Gayle King's face when, live on air, she discovered she wasn't just featured inside the magazine but was, in fact, a cover star! "I'm on the cover? They told me I was just going to be on the inside," she exclaimed, capturing the hearts of viewers with her genuine reaction.

This moment wasn't just a win for King but a monumental leap forward in celebrating diversity and breaking age stereotypes in the fashion industry.

In a bold and empowering statement, King insisted on minimal retouching for her swimsuit photos. Yes, you heard it right! The day before her shoot, she even indulged in a cheeseburger, embracing her body with confidence and pride.

"They said, ‘What about retouching?’ I said, ‘I don’t really want retouching.’ I don’t mind if you take out a couple of dimples in the thighs, however, but I really didn’t want it," King said.

"It goes to say - sexy isn't an age. Sexy isn't a size. Look how beautiful you look. That's so inspiring to women of all ages," said McGrady, pointing to the cover. "Yes girl, you did that."

King said she was speechless by the news and praised the photographer for guiding her every step of the way, from extending your toes to positioning your fingers.

"I just never saw myself this way. I still don't see myself this way," said King. "But when I look at that...I go, I look damn good."

The 2024 Swimsuit Issue isn't just about King's groundbreaking cover. It's a celebration of 60 years of iconic moments, featuring more than 20 models, including legends like Martha Stewart and Tyra Banks, and introducing fresh faces that represent the future of fashion.

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This edition is a vibrant tapestry of talent, beauty, and inspiration, showcasing the magazine's commitment to diversity and evolution.

"I never in a million years thought I would be standing here in a bathing suit for Sports Illustrated," King shared, reminding us all to dream big. Her story is a testament to the power of perseverance, vision, and the unexpected paths our journeys can take.