UPDATE: The annual SI swimsuit edition is out and features four hot Olympians, including Lindsey Vonn.
So far I haven’t seen any critics emerge on the athletes inclusion in the magazine. But there is an interesting update from the blogger who originally criticized the Vonn Olympic cover.
I don’t get it. It’s not as if SI asked Vonn – who could become a major story during the Olympics that start next Friday — to pose in a bikini on a beach, something that would take her out of her sport completely.
When my husband shoved the SI cover at me last night, asking if I thought it objectified women, I said, “No. She’s a skier featured in a ski pose and is fully clothed in ski attire. Why are you asking?” He then pointed me to these blog posts.
I do get why women criticize SI: The magazine rarely features female athletes on the cover. But in this case, I think we should celebrate that Vonn was chosen as the face of the Olympics BECAUSE she is SO GOOD at her sport. I would rather see her in a posed shot, where I can see her face, than in an action shot where I have no sense of the individual behind the ski goggles.
So what do you think Beehivers? Is this cover too provocative and/or unfair to female athletes?