You've probably seen it by now, Hannah Davis
, looking incredible on the cover of the 2015 issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition
. I saw it, standing in line to buy coffee and did the best I could to not dread the beginning of bikini season. I stood a little straighter, sucked in my belly a little harder. I thought to myself, "Geez, she's got a great stomach!" I was close, but quite, to identifying what would become the most talked about element of this cover. Was it her breasts? Nope. The tight tummy? Nope. It was her cleavag.
With her swimsuit bottom pulled down low, she reveals just the top of her vagina. Naturally, as these things go, outrage was sparked across the land. From complaints about extra waxing to calls for newstands to not openly display the cover, it was all anyone could talk about.
Women have embraced cleavage for centuries. We've come up with all manor of contraptions to best accentuate and titillate. Is cleavag just the next step? A step that publications like Sports Illustrated
are forced to take when competing with online porn and the shifting of societal boundaries around what is acceptable in a public arena? How do you sell magazines when at any given moment, someone can go online to see any number of fully splayed naked women doing any number of things? Apparently, you tease them with just a glimpse. A hint of what lies below.
All this has me thinking. Might this be something we can embrace? Clearly most of us are not in a position to publicly display our cleavag (shoot, many of us aren't even likely interested in trying) but I'm not sure it can't be a good thing in private. I know when I'm with a partner I'm into (and when I'm feeling "the" mood coming on), I feel sexier when things ride lower on my hips. Believe me when I tell you that I am long way from a Hannah Davis body. It isn't about how I look as much as how I feel. I feel
the slightly revealing hint of my lady land and in that moment, I feel in touch with it. It feels empowering to be in possession of something someone else really wants to see. It might not be the best look for me (in all likelihood, it isn't) but that doesn't matter, I feel sexy. And as we know, when one feels sexy, one is sexy.
Tell us what you think. How far is too far, is it exploitative? Is flashing the vag too much or is it going to be the next big thing? Is this something you can embrace in your life?