Sports Magazine Debuts Model With C-Section Scar


The new 2022 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine issue features a model showing her c-section scar for the first time in the magazine’s history.


Model and 42-year-old mum of a 3-year-old son, Kelly Hughes showed off her scar while posing in a string bikini to promote body-positivity. This was made in collaboration with the pregnancy and postpartum brand Frida Mom. The empowering shoot celebrated all mothers who have bare C-section scars.


Model and mother Kelly Hughes, 42, has become the first woman to expose her cesarean section scar in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in the magazine's 58-year history


She explained that she had a difficult c-section recovery and used to be self-conscious about her scar.


Hughes (pictured nine months pregnant) studied hypnobirthing and planned on a vaginal birth, but after 38 hours of labor, she needed to have a C-section


“I struggled with insecurities from my scar being that I’m a model and my incredibly difficult recovery but it wasn’t until I embraced my scar that I experienced the true power in it.”