Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Goes to 7 Continents, Finds Exotic People to Use as PropsDodai Stewart2/12/13 3:50pmFiled to: Mag HagRacismsports illustrated swimsuit issueFashionSwimsuitsmaghagSports Illustratedbrown peoplepeople of colorBlack PeopleChinaAfricaShut up, whiteyTopFb5933EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkFor the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the magazine photographed models on all 7 continents. A world tour of ill-fitting "swim" wear! But sometimes a half-naked lady standing in front of a gorgeous natural backdrop just isn't enough. So the photographers used natives as props. Using people of color as background or extras is a popular fashion trope, whether it's Nylon magazine, the Free People catalog, British Vogue or J. Crew. But although it's prevalent, it's very distasteful.