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Mary0826

Date Posted:02/08/2018 04:09:18Copy HTML

It looks like the 2018 SI is pushing the limits again.  Will this trend extend to real women on real beaches?  Who knows?


This year they are pushing true thongs and G-strings even more than ever.   The cheeky swimsuits are still there, but seem to be getting more and more cheeky (more like real thongs) too.  Everyone on this board seems to be talking at least part of the time about how Cheekys are becoming popular on the women, and even in some men's swimwear.  As Sports Illustrated pushes the limits on Cheekys, does this represent trend already happening with women and expected to continue towards the minimal swimwear looks of the mid to late 1980's?  Or will they be a leader and encourage women who need a little push to expose more skin?  Or will the magazine swimsuit issue have no effect since things will take care of themselves?

My prediction is more Cheekys this summer, skimpier Cheekys (moving closer and closer to what we would call thongs) and a limited number of women moving past the cheeky look to true thongs and even G-strings.  Society seems to be indifferent or supportive of this trend as it moves closer and closer to the end (pun intended).  Men's swimwear still has a ways to go, but I have seen male Cheekys in place of Speedos at the "Y" pool already, and also a move away from bored shorts towards shorter, more athletic looking styles.  I think men in thongs and G's will continue to be a minority, but that Speedo's will drop off as male Cheekys move in to replace them.  The move from a Cheeky to a thong and then a G-string seems easier and more natural than the same move from board shorts or a Speedo to a minimal style.
BadonkadonkGirl #1

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/08/2018 05:57:34Copy HTML

 I teach in a high school and cheeky is starting to become the safe norm while thongs are no longer thought of as slutty.  I follow a lot of my students on Instagram and many of them wore thong bodysuits for Halloween this year.  Its only a matter of time until I start seeing some of them wearing g-strings to the beach on senior week.  Social media has made this new generation obsessed with showing off.  They're a lot more daring than my generation was not that long ago.
visa0061 #2

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/08/2018 09:05:35Copy HTML

 Cheeky is all over social media now. The gateway seems to be that. After that women seem to love the one piece thong. I guess by covering the front they feel a little more comfortable showing cheeks in the back. The growing trend seems to be the grey area style "it could be a thong?" That would be bottoms that show a lot of cheeks but it's not obvious that it could be a thong. Here in NJ we're  seeing a lot of this. This past summer we saw a lot of cheeky and 2 true thongs. My girlfriend has worn lots of thongs here in NJ with no problems. She really wants to wear true g-strings here but is afraid of comments. We will probably test the waters this summer.
teeback269 #3

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/11/2018 09:00:35Copy HTML

 And yet we cannot buy g-strings in Australia! None in big W, none in kmart, none in Target!
car57 #4

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/11/2018 01:14:56Copy HTML

Was at Treasure Island here on the west coast of Florida Friday afternoon and there wss a group of  four young ladies, 20ish, in true thongs.  Usually get only 1 in the group wearing a thong.  Hope this trend continues!!
cmp304 #5

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/15/2018 02:21:03Copy HTML

Seems that tops are a little skimpier too.
teeback269 #6

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/15/2018 09:03:28Copy HTML

 Good, I am all for it!
thonglife #7

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/15/2018 03:15:25Copy HTML

All the new models and photos are up on the SI website - https://www.si.com/swimsuit/archive/2018

Kudos to SI for pushing the limits on thongs and g's. The majority of the model's suits are thongs are at least show gratuitous cheek.

I too have noticed the past couple summers that women are wearing skimpier back swimsuits more mainstream now. When I go to pool parties, girls I consider conservative are showing butt cheek now. At my local beaches, I see real thongs on ladies now. At my pool, I see real thongs. And lately, the younger 20-somethings I am intimate with don't seem to mind, some even like my wearing thong underwear.

A few of my instant favorites who are wearing the tiniest thongs - Anne DePaula, Vita Sidorkina, Samantha Hoopes, Kate Bock,
Hailey Clauson

https://www.si.com/swimsuit/model/anne-de-paula/2018/photos#32
https://www.si.com/swimsuit/model/hailey-clauson/2018/photos#29

visa0061 #8

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/15/2018 09:23:46Copy HTML

 Just looked at the link...wow. These are the smallest suits yet. A lot of these issues are purely fashion. However, I see some styles that have been big with those who like micro-swimwear. 
True sheerhttps://imagesvc.timeincapp.com/v3/mm/image?url=https://cdn-s3.si.com/images/X161559_TK3_01763-rawfinalwm1920.jpg&q=85
What appears to be a true micro with likely very scant front coveragehttps://imagesvc.timeincapp.com/v3/mm/image?url=https://cdn-s3.si.com/images/X161559_TK3_01209-rawfinalwm1920.jpg&q=85
Look at this g-string on Ashley Graham. Would  love to see some full figured women on the beach sporting thishttps://imagesvc.timeincapp.com/v3/mm/image?url=https://cdn-s3.si.com/images/X161559_TK5_00830_rawfinalWMweb1920_0.jpg&q=85
bubblebuttt #9

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/15/2018 09:48:13Copy HTML

 it doesn't get any more thongs than this...actually there were more G-strings than thongs! woohooo!
sailor250 #10

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/17/2018 03:06:32Copy HTML

 They're describing this up the front one piece as a boob thong?? a OPT worn backwards? http://www.revelist.com/body-positive/ashley-graham-sports-illustrated-boob/11625
visa0061 #11

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/20/2018 02:35:05Copy HTML

 Well I got the actual print issue and leafed through it. Very disappointing. You could see many of the online shots but none of them showed the backside. It looks like they did what they could to  avoid showing that the back were thongs/g-strings. I  guess we're just not there yet. Getting closer but not quite. 
ithongit #12

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/22/2018 08:41:37Copy HTML

 I have noticed that SI does get suddenly conservative when it comes to their print magazine.  I don't quite understand why.  Maybe their advertisers don't want people to get too focused on the pictures and miss the ads.  The swimsuit edition is to SI the Super Bowl of their year, and they can demand the most for advertising than other editions of their magazine.  Some of their advertisers may worry that their products might be associated with too skimpy of swimwear.  Maybe they want to be sure that the magazine is "clean" enough that it can stand up to international post office rules, or that by not showing too much skin, the magazine can sit more or less comfortably in a family living room.  Maybe they don't want parents to object to what their kids (adolescent boys mostly) have in their rooms.  Many parents tolerate their teen aged boys having girly posters and photos, as long as they are not to explicit.  When I was young, many of my boyfriends could openly leave a Playboy magazine (relatively clean) in their bedroom without worrying about what Mom might say, but had to hide more explicit men's magazines which showed more than simply nudity.

For whatever reason I think SI wants to keep the print edition "clean", I think the big reason the Internet shows more is simply because they can change or edit pictures they get complaints about almost instantly.  If they put such pictures in a print magazine, it would be impossible and probably very expensive to prevent access to a model or picture that became controversial.  They also can use the internet to survey the population by counting how many people go to a certain picture.  This could help them to choose which suits/models to highlight with larger photos, bigger layouts, or more prominent pages within the magazine.  SI used to "hide" their pictures until the magazine came out, now they seem opened to showing almost every shot that is in the magazine online weeks before the magazine is printed. 

During that we sometimes call the "golden age of thongs" (1980's and 1990's) the Internet was in its infancy, so I am sure SI is still learning what will or won't work.  I have always blamed SI partly on the fall of thongs in the 1990's because they started to not show any, or maybe only one or two in their magazine.  Women and especially influential girls were and still are just as interested in what the magazine shows as the boys are, and abandoning thongs and G-strings probably influenced some females to think they were not acceptable or very popular.  I also saw an article in US News that SI, like most publishers is toying with the idea of providing more Internet Only content, perhaps with a subscription fee.  Who knows, maybe they are setting up a potential customer base for this future market as being better than the print magazine.  

Traci
nospam_TN1 #13

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/28/2018 03:09:59Copy HTML

 Mary:  sorry, but I've just not seen too many of those men's cheeky swim briefs.  Plenty of men's cheeky underwear, regular swim briefs, and just a few men's thongs are what I'm seeing.  Not much in between. 
SlimSuit #14

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:02/28/2018 03:37:38Copy HTML

Sports Illustrated may have some influence on the trend of women's swimwear where I live, but not on men's. And it may be influencing skimpy men's swimwear to the negative since a lot of men will think showing cheek is supposed to be a "woman thing".
ohiothonger #15

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:03/01/2018 04:37:49Copy HTML

 What amazed me was that this is the first time I think that Sports Illustrated showed the fully upper thighs and uncovered buns of a woman's thong on the front cover of the magazine.  Even during the "golden years" of thongs, I can not remember this ever happening before.  Other magazines like some of the fitness magazines and even a few hot-rod type publications have shown bun-skin on their covers before, but like I said before, I can't remember SI doing it any time before.  The cover is usually the last thing the magazine puts together, and the fact it prominently features a thong, I must assume that by the time the magazine was ready for the printer the editors had decided that seeing the bare buns of a female thonger would not affect the overall sales numbers. 

With regards to the swimwear inside, it would seem to me that the number of thonging women is still above (on a percentage basis) what we might see at most beaches or in most resort areas.  I assume that SI doesn't want their yearly swimwear special to become a thongs-only edition, as much as we might like the idea.
ithongit #16

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:03/02/2018 05:09:23Copy HTML

 It is a pretty hot cover!  Three things I would like -- more "normal" women.  Models can be nice to look at, but only showing perfect bodies can intimidate women from wearing similar swimwear.  They assume that even if they are a "9", that only "10" bodies should be in thongs.  The second thing is that when you check out what these swimsuits cost, they generally are quite expensive.  Some are more expensive than my wedding gown!  This also can discourage thong wearing.  There are many cute thongs out there which are affordable and made for whatever the reason you want to wear a thong.  This could be to show off your body, get a better tan, exercise, or whatever is the reason you might want to wear a thong is.  Some of these designs will be knocked off with cheaper similar swimwear available next season, if not sooner, but many women may not understand this and think the only way they can get these looks is to pay a ridiculous amount. 

While I know I am not a "normal" woman when it comes to beachwear, and would enjoy wearing most of the skimpiest swimwear featured in SI, I really wonder how many "real women" would wear some of these outfits.  Like most people, I think most women would prefer to take the plunge (pun intended) into minimal swimwear a little at a time. 
BadonkadonkGirl #17

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:03/04/2018 12:42:59Copy HTML

Ok so first, they included some women in this issue that are definitely on the bigger side, and then they included athletes etc.  Second, it's supposed to be the top bikini models in the world, why would they want anything less than what men would refer to as "10s"?
ohiothonger #18

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:03/04/2018 09:09:55Copy HTML

 I need to agree with what BedonkadonkGirl is saying.  SI has expanded the models they do use to include some that are not the traditional anorexic women they used to only feature.  I think they certainly want to use only "10's" or maybe close to "10's" because this is what the men who habitually purchase this edition expect.  I bet the cover alone (showing bare buns) caused an increase in sales.  I am sure a lot of women look at the SI swimsuit issue.  I would assume that regardless of how they get to see the magazine, it may influence some women in one way or another.  But SI is primarily a men's magazine, and I would assume with all the extra sales, the swimsuit issue is "read" by an even greater percent of men. 

At the same time, I can see where Ithongit is coming from.  If we want thongs and G-strings (and topless beach use) to become more mainstream, then more women have to buy this type swimwear and wear them in public.  I don't know if Ithongit has looked at the men's magazines like Playboy and Penthouse, but the popular ones mostly feature hot women, with only the occasional woman who is not close to a "10".  A trip to an adult magazine store might result in some more specialized looking women such as heavy, older, or whatever.   These magazines, just like the SI swimsuit edition are tailored for the male audience. 

Maybe Ithoingit should be encouraging women's magazine to have similar swimsuit editions (which could show both men and women in thongs).  There is no reason one of these magazines does not also have a swimsuit issue.  In the late 1970's or early 1980's almost all popular magazines from the large format "Life" and "Look" to the more traditionally formatted magazines featured swimwear fashions from time to time.  These were considered family magazines, but often touched on controversial issues (Life was one of the first magazines to show pictures of the Kennedy assassination, for example.)  These magazines often had articles on popular fashion trends.  At the time it might have been about why jeans were so popular, the hippie look, fashions worn on campus, or other fashions.  Sometimes, they dealt with swimwear, and they didn't shy away from showing what was popular -- even if it involved a thong bottom or a lack of a top.  (Both Time and Life showed naked people or nearly naked people now and then whcn the photos enhanced the text of their articicles.  Perhaps the question Ithongit should be asking is "Why don't the other popular family magazines or women's magazines have swimwear issues too, and why don't they show more normal people -- both men and women -- in the latest swimwear styles, even if they are more minimal that what most customers normally wear?" 
NE_OH_thonger #19

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:03/05/2018 03:25:27Copy HTML

 My fellow Ohioan has hit on something here. Many of the "gossip" magazines now.do at least one issue about stars in swimsuits. Women in bikinis and thongs generally get favorable write-ups. Men in speedos are usually panned, even if they are fit. Men in thongs are pretty much non-extant in their photo spreads.

This wasn't always the case. When I was in college back in the 1990s, the university library had hard-bound back issues of many of the magazines they subscribed to. One of them was GQ (Gentleman's Quarterly). Being young, newly out, and looking for anything that might be titillating, I started browsing the back issues. In the early to mid 1970s, they regularly featured men in brief and bikini swimwear and underwear with no negative connotations whatsoever. I'm not sure what changed, but it would be a most pleasant change to see minimal swimwear being featured positively in a magazine other than the SI swimsuit edition for women's suits, or magazines for the gay community for men's suits.
OS777 #20

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:03/05/2018 05:43:39Copy HTML

 The reason men in thongs are not shown or featured is that dumbing down males has been the media's favorite punching bag for the past three decades.  It doesn't help that Westerners are obese or overweight generally speaking.  Armchair warriors is accurate.  The majority of over age 30 men don't care to change that image.  TV, music, video gaming, and online distractions have hypnotized an entire generation. Realigning one's priorities to proper diet and regular exercise as well as inspiring models such as Dwayne Johnson and Zack Efron can and do make a difference.  Hollywood loves to promote weirdos and misfits not healthy balanced physically fit women and men.  Your healthy choices effect all of your contemporaries as well as upcoming generations. 
bubblebuttt #21

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:03/06/2018 02:41:18Copy HTML

 so i Follow SI on Instagram and almost 95% of all swimsuits in their feed and on their site are thongs and g-strings! it's only a matter of time before they become more prominent on our beaches. 
ithongit #22

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:03/06/2018 06:42:59Copy HTML

 I was going to say something about this before, but more and more of the women in the SI photo shoots are shown obviously topfree or nearly so (gauzy  or mesh type tops).  Maybe now that SI has endorsed the cheeky look and now maybe gone beyond it with more true thongs and G-strings, they are now pushing for topfree swimwear for women.  I see more topfreedom each year although most of the new people start with the mesh, wet t-shirt or cropped off too short t-shirt look.  Still, I see a lot more breasts bottoms and nipples  on women at the beach each year, and some of these women by the end of the season were taking their slight coverings off and going truly topfree.  If female SI readers are accepting of the thongs, G-strings and cheeky swimwear in the magazine and apparently coming more and more to our beaches dressed that way, maybe both male and female SI readers will start seeing topfree beach use as natural, and somethings that should be equally permissible.  

Men used to be required to wear swimsuit tops, but there was resistance to this -- mostly by men but also by some women.  Then in 1934 Clark Gable floored the public by going shirtless in a scene in the movie "It happened one might".  Tarzan and other movies also features men shirtless or nearly so, and even though new regulations requiring shirts on male swimmwer continued well into the early 1930's, the public revolted.  Men fought for the right to bare their chests, and, with the 'no shirt' movement causing quite a stir, the topless ban was lifted in Westchester, New York in 1936 and by 1937 many other states followed suite.  By the swim season of 1939, what few regulations about men's swimwear shirts were still in place were almost never enforced.  (Sound familiar with Cheeky swimwear for women?)  There is hope for those of us who prefer to wear thongs and go topfree, and it doesn't necessarily take decades for rules to change.  What is more important is to have an accepting public who don't have issues with the look.  With the younger generation taking on a larger and larger part of the public as a whole, and the hippie kids still mostly accepting more liberated swimwear looks after their personal experimentations with nudity in the 70's and thongs in the late 80's and 90's, there is a larger and larger percentage of people who probably are accepting of both thongs (on both sexes) and permitting women to have the same rights to topfree dressing as men.  In my opinion, this might be changing right now, before our eyes.  All we need to do now is convince people that both women AND men should have the freedom to wear as much or little as they want (without being obscene), and that a person's swimwear choice does not dictate the person's attitueds, sexual preferences, or social or monitary position.
Traci
Slinggirl #23

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:03/23/2018 03:51:03Copy HTML

 Anna de Paula was wearing a true sling bikini bottom, which I love and still a go to style for me. Also, CK 2018 collection features a great new little sling which, though I still have my original CK patch microsling bikini, gonna have to get it!
MNluvthongs #24

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:03/23/2018 04:40:58Copy HTML

 The current swimsuit issue has a thong on the cover and that is progress. Funny they have fully nude women on the cover before covered only in paint and no one noticed!
I have seen thong outbreaks at local beaches, which is nice. It used to be in a blue moon someone besides yourself would be in a thong. Now just strolling by a local beach I saw women walking around in thongs, more like g-strings! I am in the Midwest were some women consider "bikini" a swear word practically and some will even get upset!?!? WTF is up with that?? I think those are the kind people who wait for summer festivals so they can eat more!
Mary0826 #25

Re:2018 Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue - pushing more g-strings and realy Cheeky suits

Date Posted:04/02/2018 02:09:26Copy HTML

 Did anyone notice the ridiculous back of this edition of SI swimwear?  The lady is covered from head to foot in the most obnoxious covering that is way beyond what real women would wear.  But it served the purpose of letting places that objected to the bare buns on the front of the issue to flip the magazine over and not show anything objectionable -- Several stores where I go turned their magazines this way.  If they are out where people can touch them and get turned bun side showing, the employees go flip the magazines over again.  I have seen some "Gentlemen's" magazines and even Playboys where the magazines were shrink wrapped in plastic which had an opaque area so people could not object to the images on the cover.  Other places would put cardboard or whatever over the front of the magazine rack to hide potentially objectionable images.  SI's creative back cover is a great joke.  People who object to a thong cover are given the chance to instead display the most ridiculous cover (the rear cover) I have ever seen on any magazine.  But maybe this works at another level too -- the non-objectionable cover is so ridiculous that it sort of makes fun of people who insist on turning the magazine over or perhaps makes people think about how the human body can be attractive since the other cover is so unattractive.
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