As always, there will be plenty of debate for Sports Illustrated’s choice of Sportsperson of the Year. I think I would have gone with Steph Curry, considering how he is tearing apart the NBA.
However, it is hard to argue with Serena Williams. She had a truly dominant year.
However, this isn’t the conventional cover for the winners of this award. Why the provocative pose?
It was her idea according to SI’s Christian Stone:
She was a difference-maker in other areas, speaking out against bodyshamers in both words and actions, posing for the Annie Leibovitz–shot Pirelli calendar in only a bikini bottom. The cover shot of this issue? Her idea, intended, like the Pirelli shots, to express her own ideal of femininity, strength, power.
Surely, there will be critics who contend there are other ways to express femininity, strength and power without being so provocative.
What do you think?