Plus-Size Model Covers Playboy Brazil

Fluvia Lacerda for the wonderful win.

A recurring media-story theme of 2016 was the debate about the usefulness of reader comments. NPR famously decided to do away with those on its site this summer, followed by Business Insider in the fall.

However, without FishbowlNY reader comments, we may not have learned about a history-making cover in South America featuring globetrotting plus-size model Fluvia Lacerda. A reader at the bottom of our year-end look back at Ashley Graham’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition issue informed us of this.

Lacerda’s personal Twitter feed is great fun to read, with all sorts of retweets related to her January 2017 issue cover. From a write-up on

Lacerda has posed for Torrid, Fashion Bug and Kiabi France. She’s also been featured in Vogue Italy. In Europe, the mother of two is even called the “plus-size Gisele BĂĽndchen.”

In an Instagram post about the first such Playboy Brazil issue, which went on sale today, Lacerda wrote that ‘nothing beats celebrating your body however the heck you want!’ A big amen to that.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.