Day posted a video to Instagram of herself in a bikini and holding her son, captioning it, “Deep.Breath. If I’m going to talk the talk I am going to walk the walk."
"Funny how I have spent my life on a beach since childhood and I have never truly felt comfortable in a swimsuit," she wrote. "Even at my thinnest. We need to love ourselves in the present. No matter what."
Deep.Breath. If I'm going to talk the talk I am going to walk the walk. Please consider participating. It was equally terrifying and liberating for me. Funny how I have spent my life on a beach since childhood and I have never truly felt comfortable in a swimsuit. Even at my thinnest. We need to love ourselves in the present. No matter what. I invite you all to do so. 😱🙏🏻❤#50shadesoftan Repost @womenirl with @repostapp ・・・ Introducing the #WhatIModel campaign, a partnership with @SI_Swimsuit and @healthmagazine. This year's Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit issue is the most inclusive ever and features women of various ages, backgrounds and body types. We’re celebrating this vision of beauty and confidence on our feed… in our swimsuits. Because you should feel beautiful no matter what you wear, and we’re ready to love our swimsuits again. Meet @mj_day, the editor of SI Swimsuit, and find out what *she* models. Then, upload your own video (in your suit) and tag it #WhatIModel & #LoveYourSwimsuit for the chance to be featured here. Stay tuned all week for inspiring messages about body confidence and authenticity. #womenirl
"I’ve been producing the annual Swimsuit issue for 19 years, but today I’m the one in a bathing suit, and here’s why," she says in the video. "This year’s issue will showcase the widest diversity of women in SI history. Women of all ages, and shapes, and from many different backgrounds."
Day urged her followers to post videos of themselves in bikinis, and talk about what they "model" in their lives.
"We want to celebrate strength, beauty, and more, so we want to know: What do you model?" she asked. "So I’ll kick us off. I model determination. I’m determined to get out the message that there is not a singular definition of beauty."
While SI is making more strides towards body diversity, magazines and social media still don't always make us feel great about our bodies, so it's inspiring to see the woman behind this magazine get real about body confidence.