Hunter McGrady is no stranger to gracing the pages of magazines, but her new cover for The Knot is potentially a highlight in her ten-year career.
The Los Angeles-born star, 26, revealed her new modeling gig live on Good Morning America alongside The Knot’s editor Kristen Max, whom she called a ‘visionary’.
Newlywed Hunter, who appears on the cover wearing her own bridal gown, told Good Morning America that it was a refreshing change to be featured without the label ‘plus-size’ featuring beside the word model.
Cover girl: Hunter McGrady, 26, covered The Knot’s Fall 2019 issue in an array of wedding dresses, including her own, in an effort to promote size inclusivity
Guest editor: Newlywed Hunter also served as The Knot’s guest editor, offering her input on what the bridal industry needs to improve on
Model: As well as her ceremony dress, Hunter also posed in her reception dress (right), which was modeled after the gown that Meghan Markle wore for her own reception
‘It’s so great that it’s 2019 and we’re able to be inclusive and have models of all shapes and sizes and just celebrate women and put real women on the forefront,’ Hunter told host Lara Spencer.
‘My whole platform is inclusivity and there’s nothing on [the cover] that’s like, “This is a plus-size model,”‘ the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit star told The Knot about her cover – which hits newsstands on July 29. ‘It’s a model on the cover of a magazine.
‘My whole message is promoting that and getting that narrative out there that we should all feel seen and all feel beautiful regardless of our size.’
The blond beauty also commended Kristen Maxwell Cooper, Editor-in-Chief of The Knot for allowing her to be so hands on and collaborative for the Fall 2019 Fashion issue.
‘If we’re not, as an industry, showcasing all sorts of people, we’re actually saying the opposite,’ Cooper said.
‘We’re really excited that this fashion issue is our most inclusive and of course, it had this stunning woman on our cover,’ she added, referring to Hunter.
Newlyweds: Hunter and her husband Brian Keys, pictured, took a trip to Disney Land after their nuptials
In N’ Out: Hunter shared this candid image from a fast food joint on her wedding night with her 500,000 followers
Hunter revealed that her mom Brynja, who was previously married to Hunter’s actor father Michael McGrady, once also graced the cover of The Knot.
‘She’s really proud and really excited,’ McGrady said of her mom, also a model.
Visionary: Hunter praised The Knot Editor-in-Chief Kristen Maxwell Cooper for allowing her to be a part of the issue
Hunter said ‘I Do’ to Brian Keys, 42, at an intimate celebration in California. Hunter initially met the Vice President and Creative Director of a New York advertising agency for a, somewhat, blind date in March 2016, after originally connecting via Snapchat.
The body postivity advocate said that she ‘was so excited’ when The Knot asked her to be the guest editor and cover model of the Fashion issue – not least because it lined up perfectly with the planning of her own wedding.
As the issue aims to tackle the issue of size inclusivity in the wedding industry, Hunter was invited to collaborate in order to help highlight where strides have been made – and where there’s still work to be done.
‘I knew it would be an amazing opportunity to talk about inclusivity,’ Hunter said.
‘I’m passionate about this particular topic because I believe all sizes, races, and genders deserve representation.’
‘Growing up as a girl with broad shoulders and wide hips, I never saw models that looked like me in magazines – I had no one to relate to,’ she added.
Swimsuit: Hunter, 26, became a household name when she began shooting for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue
Open and honest: The blonde bombshell is incredibly candid about body positivity on her Instagram account, where she regularly shares sexy selfies
Behind the scenes: The New York-based model gives her followers a glimpse into her life in front of the camera
‘As a bride-to-be, I also knew it was all too easy to make wedding planning about weight loss.
‘But if there’s one thing I hope this special issue gets across, it’s that your day is a celebration of your own unique and powerful love story – not a challenge to lose weight or fit a certain vision.’
This is by no means the first time that Hunter has opened up about her body-positive views, with the model revealing to DailyMail.com in May how she reached a place in her life where she felt confident about embracing her body.
‘I prefer either being naked or in a swimsuit over being clothed [for shoots],’ she said while in Miami to promote the latest issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.
‘Because I’ve come to a place of being so comfortable in my skin that I feel best like that. I’m like hell yeah I have these big breasts, hell yeah I have this cellulite!’
However, while Hunter feels happy and confident about her appearance, she noted that there is some ‘nervousness’ that comes with doing shoots like the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit one – not because of any body confidence issues, but because she knows that there will inevitably be some criticism of her photos.
‘I think there’s a little bit of nervousness because I know that the moment this issue comes out there is a lot of criticism,’ she said. ‘Which is so stupid but we’re all human and we have these moments [of insecurity].’