Megan Thee Stallion is making history as the first female rapper to land a coveted slot on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The 26-year-old performer – real name Megan Jovon Ruth Pete – looked absolutely stunning in the editorial, posing in a beige cutout bikini.
Taking to her Instagram to celebrate the milestone, she wrote: ‘I want to thank all the strong women in my life who inspired me to love my body and live my best hot girl life. It means the world to me to be on this cover DREAM COME TRUE!!’
‘Dream come true!’ Megan Thee Stallion celebrates becoming the first female rapper on Sports Illustrated cover
‘Thee first female rapper on the cover of @si_swimsuit,’ she added with two cry-face emojis indicating she was overcome with emotion.
Inside the magazine – that also features transgender model Leyna Bloom and tennis pro Naomi Osaka – the Savage hitmaker wore a pink petal-themed bikini top, with green bottoms.
Stallion spoke to PEOPLE Magazine about the honor, saying: ‘When I got the call that they wanted me on the cover, I was like, “Wha—? Me?” And to be the first female rapper on the swim cover makes it extra special.’
While saying the shoot itself was ‘magical’ the rapper admitted a lot of hard work went into her sculpted physique.
‘I had been training for months and I was super prepared. I got into the shoot right away. [Photographer] James [Macari] said he usually doesn’t get into the water until the fourth or fifth set-up, but we were both in the ocean from the start.’
she added: ‘The day was perfect and I had a blast.’
- Megan Thee Stallion Lands 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover | PEOPLE.com