Social Media Ponders How Naomi Osaka Can Pose For Sports Illustrated In Bikini, But Scared To Talk To Media (PICS + TWEETS)

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The 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is out and we now know who will be gracing the cover of it.

The 2021 edition of the iconic magazine has three different covers: Megan Thee Stallion, Naomi Osaka and Leyna Bloom.

“Among the many things we’ve learned over the past 18 months is how much we value being a part of a community, and how much we miss that interaction when it’s taken away,” says MJ Day, Editor in Chief of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. “This issue represents the culmination of a powerful community- coming together during challenging times to make history.”

“If there’s one thing that our cover models have in common, it’s that they don’t have one thing in common. They look different, have different upbringings, have different passions and inspirations. But each is a reminder that beauty comes in many forms. Leyna Bloom makes history as the first transgender cover model in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s history, and the first trans person of color to appear on our pages, solidifying the fact that the more diverse and inclusive a community, the stronger it becomes. We celebrate Naomi for her passion, strength and power geared towards consistently breaking barriers when it comes to equality, social justice and mental health. As for Megan Thee Stallion, she is a magnetic powerhouse taking the world by storm. Together these women represent three of the most powerful voices of today.”

Naomi Osaka being in a bikini on the cover made social media ponder how the tennis star could do this willingly, but put up a fuss when it’s time to talk to the media after matches.

“Ok I’ll say it. Naomi Osaka has too much anxiety to be asked to bare her soul to the media covering her sports… but apparently not too much anxiety to bare anything else.”