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Date Posted:12/21/2018 07:39:32Copy HTML

I believe that with the continued acceptance of cheeky swimwear and even thong swimwear by today's women, that the trend in this magazines coverage to obvioiusly show more thongs will only increase.   Thongs many not be the "norm" on women and certainly are not the "norm" on men, but I think as long as people (mostly women) keep buying this style more and more, and at more places, including brick and mortor stores, the market for thongs for women will be secure for at least some time.   add more to their collections, and as their acceptance seems to be more and more universal, that the magazine would be foolish not to keep up with the trends.

What interests me more is the question "will all this added exposure [pun intended] to thongs make them more common on the American beaches, and at other places where swimwear is worn?"  I believe that women will be the first ot benefit from more publicity of this style, mostly with very little if any negative responses.  I can only hope that adding men in the magazines and better yet in physical locations where swimwear is often worn will make the acceptance on guys just as acceptable, and hopefully a more common site. 

So my predictions are -- More thong swimwear in SI in 2019.  More women wearing cheeky swimwear in most appropriate areas.  More acceptace of thong swimwear in general, and less resistance and more support for men who brave wearing thongs.


Matt37 #1

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/21/2018 10:25:24Copy HTML

Huh? Wasn't 90% of the 2018 Swimsuit Edition thong suits to begin with? Not sure they can do "more thong swimwear" in 2019, really. And I think the advent of the scrunchy bottom and the rise of the BoutineLA brand is doing more to make thong swimwear more common than anything the SI Swimsuit editions could ever do. Men's thong swimwear is not going to rise significantly unless and until some popular celebrity wears one somewhere, is photographed wearing it, and they interview him and he talks about it in a positive light. And even then, the bump will be minimal.
Mary0826 #2

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/22/2018 06:50:48Copy HTML

I have to agree with Matt37. It would be hard to show more thongs. Perhaps the swimwear bottoms will get smaller, more will be mesh or see thru, etc. SI could also show more explicit pictures of the thong bottoms. For the tops, they too could be smaller and it wouldn't hurt to show more topfree women -- not just a side view but perhaps even frontal pictures of the breasts. Many of the pictures from recent years have the women topfree, but holding what appears to be their tops in their hands, like it was a spur of the moment thing to remove them. Why cant the women be show simply topfree -- like they spend the day this way. I personnaly would like to see pictures with a busy beach in the background to establish that thong and topfreedom is something acceptable in many places. They often go to exotic locals (probably because they are warm) but why not go to beaches like South Beach, places in Austrailia, and if possible even more Northern places in the US where topfree women and thongs are permitted. They could mention on each picture the local to emphasis that minimal swimwear is okay in many places. The Wicked Weasel website often has their models on busy beaches. I think 2018 was the first year they had exposed buns on the cover, and it was on display for most of the year at some places. I never heard of anyone complaining. Most of the men I know liked this issue, but wished they showed more. All liked the 2018 edition the most when compared with recent years. What is at issue is not can they show more thongs, but how much further can they go and how long will it take them. Women I know think the SI issue features unrealistic women in unrealistic poses. Irregardless, if swimwear companies decide that thongs and near-thongs are no longer of interest to most women, and they start featuring some other type swim garment (girls board shorts as an example), I think SI would quickly switch over to whatever "style" is most popular on on the rise in popularity. I wonder if SI gets kick-backs for some if not all of their swimwear from the companies who make them. A long time ago, a few magazines which catered to women like Vogue and the soft-porn Playgirl magazines had similar features (only a few pictures on a few pages) of men in thongs as part of their yearly swimwear features. These usually included swimwear for both women and men, and the magazines often showed them as couples in their pictorials, but most were also pretty boring studio pictures instead of on-locaiton works like SI has been known for. Like SI they listed the manufacturer, where to get them, and reccomended costs. Even a few more mainstream magazines along the People line showed a few swimsuit for men and women, and sometimes showed a male "star" in a thong, but rarely was the thong shown from the back. Still, the soap-opera type actors who wore them may have given a slight increase in male thong wearing. These main-stream magazines would say something like "George is ready for the beach in his red Speedo thong. (Macy's, about $15)" I wonder if any of the current group of gossip and women's sports/exercise magazines would dare to have a male counterpart to the SI swimsuit issue, even if only a few pages were devoted to the topic. SI started with only a few pages, and it took a decade or more for them to go with a whole magazine devoted to women's swimwear. From what I have read, the timing of the feature (late January and February) was to hit at the time when typical league sports were at their lowest with no baseball, no football, only a few basket ball games, etc. The timing also created an escape from the cold days of winter.
big daddy thong #3

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/24/2018 07:35:35Copy HTML

I'm just guessing here, but I think that there will have more thongs in the SI 2019 swimsuit issue. Last years digital online issue showed a lot more thongs than the magazine. I personally I'd love to see more guys wearing thongs as models to show that it is normal. But I'd be pleased if it is a conservative speedo or a mens skimpy bikini bottom. (baby steps of aceptance) However, unless there is a well known pro athlete rocking a thong (which I wouldn't bet on it) most dudes will continue to wear board shorts or trunks. Guys fear the peer pressure, even if they are in good shape. Seems to me that fashion dictates what will sell. Right now, thongs for women are coming back. But for guys, the more material in a swimsuit will sell a lot more. for the record, I like ESPN NUDE edition better.
mack_back #4

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/26/2018 07:50:11Copy HTML

Big Daddy thong: The famous dudes will never wear skimpy bikini bottom or thongs. Even though some maybe well endowed they can't dare have themselves exposed bulge in public to be critiqued. In the public eye there are various opinions some pictures show you shrunken coming out of the water headlines on TMZ does size matter? laughing at his bulge. Yet in truth you can be well  hung but they write a story to mock your style or personality. Usually other females loving him may change there mind other celebrities watch and gossip saying yah i thought he be lot more hung. Thus any dating of famous models or actresses goes out the window destroying any chance to have sexual relationship only because people know or seen your willy in tiny swimwear making skewed judgement. If your male actor you don't want to alienate the public because of your swimwear feelings some maybe having. No studio will hire actor that the public finds creepy or pervert with all the sexual harassment in hollywood they drop famous actors if there is a hint of inappropriate behaviour or lifestyle. Yes, thonging isn't bad thing of itself  but others misconstrue the notion your something your not telling there kids stop watching from the magazine stands at the grocery store showing naked photos. It's not the magazine the mother is angry about but you wearing such swimsuits to be photoed in public, saying it's disgusting i will never watch any Tom Cruise movie because they see him on a beach with a thong taken  photo from paparazzi. Celebrities have to control their image out in public so they can work without any bias from outside sources. Even John Ham walking on the street with loose pants freeballing. Paparazzi took of him with clear penis shaft seen. The photo or story is Ham is hung and his girlfriend must like it.  Yet if he was in speedo or thong fans would feel he is showing off and is exhibitionist thus finding him greasy. Then casting him in serious roles will implode leaving him unemployed or working as stripper or pornstar roles.

While the double standard exsits in the media showing mid 30's actress in a thong bikini or cheeky bottom. Telling the public look how beautiful she looks on the beach talking about all the weight she lost how fit she looks, from her pregnacy, congradulating her. Usually that helps envokes some interest in casting agents giving her a place in a new bond film doing the Ursulla Andress bikini wearing role. While the male gets blacklisted being a perv for wearing anything skimpy on his own time on a beach. So look for more long board shorts and tops for men in hollywood unless there Matthew Macaunaughey. Other actors laugh about saying every movie Matt asks for the director good time to have his shirt off in the scene of the movie almost every movie.

Vega1210 #5

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/26/2018 11:57:32Copy HTML

even if in Sports Illustrated it wont change the fact they are illegal here in SC :(
csnipwb #6

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/27/2018 03:21:58Copy HTML

yes, I must say that we have a long ways to go before you see thongs on babes at Myrtle Beach let along on guys!

ithongit #7

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/27/2018 05:14:36Copy HTML

I know that thongs are not permitted on Myrtle Beach, but was unaware that they are illegal in the entire state. In any event, I must agree that just because SI chooses to show thong swimwear that it does not automatically become legal. However, I also believe that if thong swimwear becomes more common both on beaches where it is legal and in magazine as well, that this shows some level of acceptance perhaps at a national level, and with enough acceptance, some additional places might accept minimal swimwear. Likewise, there is no guarentee that a trend being popular will make it more acceptable to some. Myrtle Beach first became thong intollerant, as I remember, during a time when thongs seemed to be growing in popularity both there and at other locations. Shutting down the beach to thonging was totally a local issue. Local rules and regulations at the city, county or even state levels can occur at any time and without any apparent logic. Indiana is a case in point. Located between Illinois, Ohio and Michigan (all states know to be at least thong tollerant, if not friendly) you might expect the state to be equally accepting of thong swimwear. They are not, and have past laws making it illegal in most localities. I have heard that Kentucky to the South of Indiana is a place where thongs are legal, but local pressure is often used to limit their use. I don't know exactly where they stand as a state or as a people there, so I have not included them in my Indiana is adjacent to thonging states logic since I simply don't know. A freind once told me it is a lot harder to un-make a law than it is to make one. If this is true, then places where there are laws against thongs might be some of the last or hardest to come around to a more thong friendly environments.
lindros #8

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/27/2018 01:06:23Copy HTML

Thongs are not illegal under state law in SC. In fact I've thonged lots of times in Huntington Beach state park just south of Myrtle Beach, and confirmed with Georgetown county and park police that they're permitted. That said there are a number of cities that ban them, including Myrtle Beach, which instituted the ban in response to black bike week where large women we with big butts would wear them while riding motorcycles on the streets. I've seen the occasional girl wearing a thong on the beach here without repercussion from the police.

NCThonger #9

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/27/2018 03:25:45Copy HTML

I will agree with lindrosand ithongit, while technically thongs may be illegal in Myrtle Beach, the last time I was there, I saw several thongs on women on the beach. Most were cheeky suits that became thongs by the girl pulling them up in her ass, but there were some true thongs as well. It is good to see the trend of cheeky / thong suits becoming more plentiful at Myrtle Beach. With that said, it is going to take something revolutionary to happen before you see guys in tiny speedo bikinis much less thongs on the beach. Just too conservative down in NC and SC.
Alfresco10 #10

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/27/2018 04:18:26Copy HTML

SI swimsuit issue is about titillation for guys who believe it is more dignified than a regular nudie mag. It isn't about moving a fashion trend. I think that we may see a few more thongs on fit women encouraged by their men who see the SI issue but that's about it. As for guys in thongs the SI issue would not have any impact, it will still be largely older nudists like me who cover as little as possible to legally enjoy the setting, and some fitter European guys who won't be devastated by the prospect that somebody is assessing the size of their package as they emerge from the sea.
nospam_TN1 #11

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/28/2018 12:36:50Copy HTML

The other negative trend at play that will surely have some spillover effect is the acceptance of these technical suits (that come to the knees on both men and women) in competitive swimming. I realize nobody was ever wearing thongs while doing that, but it wasn't that long ago that both men and women raced with completely bare and shaved legs from top to bottom. This won't affect women very much, but for men, it is gradually removing the pretense of wearing briefs because they're swimming laps, or doing other fitness, aquatic activities. I fully realize that the origin of this is hydrodynamics. Some engineer designed a type of material that created less friction than human skin, and for short time, people were covered from neck to ankles in this material. The regulators of the sport didn't like this, but they didn't completely banish it, just ended up creating a compromise type scenario where swimmers are allowed to use such materials, but only to the knees. Let's just hope this trend doesn't spill over into water polo.
SlimSuit #12

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/28/2018 04:29:00Copy HTML

I agree with Alfresco10. The SI swimsuit edition was not meant as a fashion bellwether like Women's Wear Daily, Vogue, Elle, etc. While I realize that some reports say that many women buy the swimsuit issue, I think that by far it follows the original intent of supporting news stand sales at a time of year when sports news was slow by using a titillation factor. I think it further reinforces the societal norm that has been embraced for some time now that women can openly express their sexiness, even sexuality, by what they wear. Unfortunately, this is contrasted by the constant drumbeat since the 70s, and the rise of some militant feminist movements, that male sexuality is generally bad, exploitive, invasive, self-ingratiating, and other negative terms. This has morphed over the decades into a generally, sometimes subtle, sometimes not so subtle, societal pressure that men need to suppress, hide, and literally "cover up" their sexuality. High profile powerful men being exposed as womanizers and harassers hasn't helped the overall cultural image for males either. Don't get me wrong; such behaviour should not be tolerated and punished where applicable. But it makes it easy to paint with a broad brush that "you men" are all alike for people who are predisposed to that thinking, and gives others an easy means to view any expression of male sexuality in any form, including dress, as suspect. In my opinion the acceptance of men in small swimwear has a loooong way to go to be generally accepted. I had hope in the 80s and early 90s that men's swimwear would be accepted on a par with women's swimwear. But, as has been said many times on this board, *that* didn't happen. The SI swimsuit issue merely acknowledges that it's okay for women to openly express their sexiness but does nothing for men in that regard.
ohiothonger #13

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/28/2018 07:13:07Copy HTML

While the pros and cons of who should wear what type of swimwear and where is interesting, I think the original post was asking if there would be more thongs in 2019 SI and if this would create a more positive image for all thong users. I think SI will have more thongs and show them more explicitly, although having a thong on the cover was pushing SI to about as far as they can probably go at least there.   As long as the SI swimsuit issue is a money maker, and as long as nobody makes distributing such materials illegal, I think SI will continue showing as much skin as they can.  Yes, this issue is probably used more for male excitement than for a women's fashion guide.  Still, I am sure some women do buy it to see what is hot this year, and showing more cheeky and thong swimwear (along with topfree or nearly top free selections) might encourage some of these women to follow the magazine's "suggestions".  If these women actually go out in public dressed in similar swimwear, it will increase the public's awareness of what some minimal swimwear is like.  But how the public reacts is unknown.   Some people probably would say "great" and others would say "this is awful".  So I can not believe there is some type of magic line between a SI model showing her rump and the creation of a public that will accept minimal swimwear. SI used to have some thongs, but not as many as were in 2018.  Then sometime (1990's? 2000's?) they virtually stopped showing thong swimwear or showed it in a way that the buns were barely shown.  This was also a time when the "religious right" was at a peak, and many anti-thong rules were created.  I would guess that SI saw the writing on the wall and decided to cool things to keep from having a boycot of their magazine or perhaps even legal attempts to classify them as porn and restrict the magazine sales.  I know the swimsuit issue was popular with the guys when I was a teen, and imagine it is also popular now.  Loosing the teen marked would be a major blow.  The religious right is not so vocal today on the issue of swimwear as they were then, or perhaps people are not as intimidated by them.  In any event, I am seeing more women in thongs at the beach than I have for years, but the number of men has not changed much over the last 10-15 years or so.

Matt37 #14

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/29/2018 02:16:53Copy HTML

> I know that thongs are not permitted on Myrtle Beach, but was unaware that they are illegal in the entire state. Thongs are not illegal in the state of South Carolina. Only in Myrtle Beach and Horry County.
Martylouie #15

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:12/30/2018 03:04:00Copy HTML

If you are in Horry County and want to thong (or go topfree) just go across the state line to Brunswick County and visit the Bird Island Coastal Reserve. While Sunset Beach is not thong friendly, women in thongs were seen on the strand last summer. I guess the beach patrol was too busy policing cabanas to bother with ladies in thongs. (I don't know if any guys tried outside of the reserve). See you in 2019
tbck1000 #16

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Date Posted:12/30/2018 01:39:12Copy HTML

Bird Island is one of my favorite places. Might make a good location for SI! Can you summarize the legal limit (minimum) on front and rear coverage in SC?
Martylouie #17

Re:2019 -- Sports Illustrated and thongs. What will happen?

Date Posted:01/01/2019 08:29:31Copy HTML

Bird Island is lovely, but it is probably not exotic enough for Sports Illustrated. And since they shoot in the late fall, it would not be warm enough for even Mrs. Verlander. I can’t speak to the requirements for South Carolina, as most of what is regarded as Bird Island is in North Carolina. Only about 20 acres near the jetty is in South Carolina. On the reserve in NC, I have seen some tiny g strings and top free on the ladies being passed by the beach patrol and I know CKwanderer and Lindros routinely wear very small suits, often with the beach patrol driving by. I, on the other hand do not look good in a thong, so I wear a brief, or grab a cover if textiles are near. Some of the beach patrol have actually told me they are members of the local nudist club.
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