By Olivia Bahou
Updated Feb 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
Ashley Graham
Credit: si_swimsuit/instyle

Last year, Ashley Graham made history when she appeared in a swimsuitsforall ad in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, but this year she’s taking it one step further: She is now a model for the magazine and contender for Rookie of the Year! SI announced the news via Instagram, making Graham the second of five Rookies in the new issue.

We caught up with the model to talk about her new #SwimSexy campaign and how Sports Illustrated is changing her career. “It’s going to take it to another level. I feel responsible for so many women because I’m representing a type of woman that has not been represented in Sports Illustrated,” she told InStyle. “The sky is the limit with my career.”

Graham has some wise words of advice for women to flaunt what they’ve got. “Your body is already beach-body ready,” she said. “Yes, you should go to the gym, but you don’t have to just in order to wear that bikini for that day.”

So what’s Graham’s motto when it comes to picking a swimsuit? “The smaller, the better.” We can’t wait to see her grace the pages of next month’s issue.