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February 25, 2014

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Uses Dead Sailfish As Fashion Accessory

By Joe Cermele

I have not gotten a chance to look at the most recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in print or online, so I can't take credit for this find. Dave Ferrell, the editor of sister publication Marlin Magazine did, however, get a chance to scope out SI's swimsuit coverage, and he wasn't too happy with what he found. Though I'm sure he was more interested in the articles than the photos, if you chase billfish and are hip to the issues surrounding billfish conservation, you too might not be keen on seeing a dead sailfish worn like a scarf. 

From the story on Marlin's website:

Some of the general public, possibly Sports Illustrated, may just look at this sail and think it's a smelly dead fish — no skin off their backs. We hope that the next time Sports Illustrated releases its swimsuit issue, it gives more thought to its prop choices. No dead fish, no dead animals and certainly not one that is being used as a fashion accessory. This is the magazine’s 50th anniversary of the coveted swimsuit edition, and they have been around so long for a reason. This could have been an attempt to bring controversy or to bring more eyes to the issue. SI has been seen as creating controversy. First, it was nearly naked women that angered some of the public. Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition seems to be well past that, and now, a new audience could be outraged.

I happen to agree that this shot was poorly thought out. If you want a model to pose with a dead fish, make an intern Google the species and do a little research to be on the safe side. In Madagascar where the photo was taken, eating billfish is probably common. But SI isn't making magazines for the native peoples of their shoot locations. If she was holding a yellowfin tuna or dolphin, I don't think anyone would be as upset. You can read the full article here.

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from VAHunter540 wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

Ohh!?.... there IS a Sailfish in the picture?!

Agreed, a little internet research and tact would have gone a long way. I like what they were trying to do, but the execution was a little off.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

Joe; She fishes, catches really big fish and and has a body that will stop traffic.

Where was she when I was single?

I know, bring on the minuses.

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from jcmesq wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

Sure like her butt, though!

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from buckhunter wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

I really do not think this fish was killed just for the photo. Probably purchased at the dock for the photo shoot then destined for the fish market as originally intended.

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from xatrvrt wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

So are you guys going to start publishing damning articles about people wearing fur? Good grief what has this magazine coming to? Did PETA infiltrate the exec offices?

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from Koldkut wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

The photographer was good at directing the eye away from the fish. And it gives reason to bring up billfish conservation to a broader audience who know little about them, like me.

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from franchi20 wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

Is she really strong enough to hoist that fish, or is it a plastic prop?

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from Rusty Braswell wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

Agree with franchi2o....don't think she would be holding that fish if it were real. Plus wouldn't the fins have to be held up in that position?

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from wittsec wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

If a picture is worth a thousand words I wish this article was 10000 words long.

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from Ol Blu wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

....Fish, what fish?

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from Tim Platt wrote 6 weeks 3 days ago

Can we get her to turn around? For a better view of the fish of course... *cough*.

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from Cowboystl1 wrote 6 weeks 2 days ago

IM in serous doubt the fish went to waste i think we can find better things to complain or promote. my only complaint is shes facing the wrong way

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from RockySquirrel wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

Joe; She fishes, catches really big fish and and has a body that will stop traffic.

Where was she when I was single?

I know, bring on the minuses.

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from xatrvrt wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

So are you guys going to start publishing damning articles about people wearing fur? Good grief what has this magazine coming to? Did PETA infiltrate the exec offices?

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from VAHunter540 wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

Ohh!?.... there IS a Sailfish in the picture?!

Agreed, a little internet research and tact would have gone a long way. I like what they were trying to do, but the execution was a little off.

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from jcmesq wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

Sure like her butt, though!

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from franchi20 wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

Is she really strong enough to hoist that fish, or is it a plastic prop?

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from buckhunter wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

I really do not think this fish was killed just for the photo. Probably purchased at the dock for the photo shoot then destined for the fish market as originally intended.

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from Koldkut wrote 7 weeks 2 days ago

The photographer was good at directing the eye away from the fish. And it gives reason to bring up billfish conservation to a broader audience who know little about them, like me.

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from Rusty Braswell wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

Agree with franchi2o....don't think she would be holding that fish if it were real. Plus wouldn't the fins have to be held up in that position?

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from wittsec wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

If a picture is worth a thousand words I wish this article was 10000 words long.

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from Ol Blu wrote 7 weeks 1 day ago

....Fish, what fish?

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from Tim Platt wrote 6 weeks 3 days ago

Can we get her to turn around? For a better view of the fish of course... *cough*.

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from Cowboystl1 wrote 6 weeks 2 days ago

IM in serous doubt the fish went to waste i think we can find better things to complain or promote. my only complaint is shes facing the wrong way

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