Megan Thee Stallion to sizzle in bikinis on debut Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover

'She’s the biggest star [right now], so it’s a no-brainer and they love surprises,' said a source

                            Megan Thee Stallion to sizzle in bikinis on debut Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover
Megan Thee Stallion had earlier posed for Fashion Nova where she launched her own bikini line (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Megan Thee Stallion has been making boss moves ever since she shot to fame in 2016. The renowned hip-hop artist has earned several deserving accolades including three Grammy Awards, six BET Awards, five BET Hip Hop Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and a Billboard Women in Music Award among others. Adding another feather to her cap, the ‘Savage’ hitmaker is all set to grace the cover of the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2021 edition.

Page Six reported that the 26-year-old hip-hop artist will be appearing on the front of the globally famous magazine. A source close to the publication spilled the beans on the same, saying, “She’s the biggest star [right now], so it’s a no-brainer and they love surprises.” Though the Swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated has earlier brought some of the top models like Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Kate Upton and Ashley Graham, global superstar Beyonce is one of the non-models who graced the cover of the famed issue in 2007.

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Megan Thee Stallion to grace Sports Illustrated cover

Though Megan Thee Stallion has not released any official statement on the same, the news comes after sources close to Page Six shared the gossip. The publication also reported that the renowned magazine has been teasing its inside-the-book line-up all year.  Apart from Megan Thee Stallion, the latest issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit will also feature the first transgender model of color, Leyna Bloom. Lewis Freese, who is the brand’s first male candidate to become a finalist in the SI Swim Search, will also be featured in the July edition. Covid nurse Maggie Rawlins has also been roped in to grace the cover as one of the bikini models.

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A spokesperson told Page Six that they did not believe the Texas-born rapper was a part of the issue before meeting with the team. The spokesperson further revealed that the Sports Illustrated team still don’t know who the cover girl is going to be. “[The Sports Illustrated team] actually still don’t even know who the cover girl will be. Still undecided. No one will know until the day of the unveiling.” The reps for Megan Thee Stallion have neither confirmed nor denied the big news. However, an industry source dropped a hint saying, “She’s working on a new album. It makes sense that she would get a huge cover like that.” Megan had earlier posed for the magazine Fashion Nova where she also launched her own bikini line. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit will hit the stands on July 19.

On the work front, Megan Thee Stallion in June 2021 released her song called ‘Thot S**t’, which soon became a hot gossip on the Internet as the track apparently took a shot at former POTUS Donald Trump. In the song, she raps, “Drinkin' out the mother**kin' bottle on my thot s**t/ Everything I eat go straight to my pockets/ 2021, finna graduate college/ Goth girl s**t, I'm a real hot topic/ F**kin' on a ni**a, make him sing, on some pop s**t/ I need a real headbanger, on some rock s**t.”