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In the wake of the #metoo movement, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models are using this year’s issue as a way to speak out about issues that ...

Paulina Porizkova, Sailor Brinkley Cook Pose Nude for Empowering Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Shoot

In the wake of the #metoo movement, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models are using this year’s issue as a way to speak out about issues that are important to them. The highly anticipated special issue has become a platform that stretches far beyond celebrating women’s bodies.

Models Paulina Porizkova, 52, Sailor Brinkley Cook, 19, and Robyn Lawley, 28, are proving just that, taking part in a powerful new project called “In Her Own Words.” Each woman poses completely nude in the issue — along with more models, which will be revealed when the SI Swim issue drops next week — with meaningful words like truth, artist, mother, natural and more written across their bodies.

“The ‘In Her Own Words’ project is the evolution of the messaging of the SI Swimsuit issue that we have been consistently promoting in the issue for years,” SI Swim editor MJ Daly told PEOPLE. “The idea of allowing women to celebrate and evolve and harness their own power in a creative environment and allow them a platform to speak to who they truly are and who they want to be.”

Day added: “It’s so simple, yet so difficult for many in this industry to find control over how their identity is portrayed or interpreted or judged. We want to give this control directly to the women to own their story and image throughout the whole creative process. The results are inspiring.”

“I wanted to say that I’m not ashamed of my body and you shouldn’t be ashamed of your body, no matter what age you are. We all have our own truths. We all want to live according to our own truths,” Porzikova told SI. “We want to be true to ourselves so truth is what matters more than anything.”In a way, it’s more than being naked.”

Day knew Porizkova’s legendary status and outspoken personality would make her an amazing powerful addition to the project. “Her non-conformity made me immediately want to approach her about participating in ‘In Her Own Words,” Day shared. “I knew that if she agreed to do it, just her presence alone would be incredibly important and powerful, and the decision to use her word [“Truth”] punctuated the meaning of the project perfectly.”