As if Megan Thee Stallion needed more proof that she’s a savage.
A source told Page Six the “Hot Girl Summer” rapper is poised to be one of the next cover girls for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue this year.
“She’s the biggest star [right now], so it’s a no-brainer and they love surprises,” the source said.
While it’s unusual for musicians to grace the cover rather than models, she wouldn’t be the first. Beyoncé has also appeared on the front of the famed issue.
Megan Thee Stallion, winner of the awards for best rap song and best rap performance for “Savage Remix” and best new artist poses in the press room at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, March 14, 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
The magazine has been teasing its inside-the-book lineup all year. It will make some history by featuring models like its first transgender model of color, Leyna Bloom, and Lewis Freese, the brand’s first male candidate to become a finalist in the SI Swim Search, a section where amateur models can try and make it into the famed issue. COVID nurse Maggie Rawlins is also one of the bikini models.
A cagey spokesperson first told us they didn’t believe the rapper was a part of the issue before having to take a “meeting with the team.” After the conference, they explained, “[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.”
Reps for Megan would not confirm or deny the rapper’s participation in the issue.
But an industry source told us we should expect to see even more of her in the coming months.
Recording artist Megan Thee Stallion attends the TIDAL X Megan Thee Stallion ‘Ain’t Sh-t Sweet’ Hottie Party at Public Arts on March 09, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
“She’s working on a new album. It makes sense that she would get a huge cover like that,” they said.
Not to mention, Megan, 26, has gotten a lot of practice posing in tiny bikinis for her second swimwear collection for Fashion Nova.
We’ll have to wait and see if her collection will also make its debut on SI’s pages. The magazine will hit stands on July 19.