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Posted: January 31, 2019

Super Bowl 53: Sports Illustrated swimsuit model brings beauty tips to Atlanta

Jennifer Brett, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Model Hunter McGrady is up for a challenge - she once posed for Sports Illustrated wearing nothing but paint.

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So she was happy to sign onto Olay’s 28 Day Challenge, where brand ambassadors used Olay products for 28 days, then faced the public sans makeup.

“It’s important to love yourself for who you are,” she said. “We’re all beautiful in our own way.”

Well, maybe not as beautiful as McGrady, who managed to look gorgeous despite the dental exam-like lighting in the Super Bowl Media Room, where she met us for a quick interview Thursday morning. She likes Olay’s white charcoal mask sticks, mists and undereye cream.

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Jennifer Brett, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Model Hunter McGrady is in Atlanta for Super Bowl 53 as an Olay brand ambassador.

“Taking care of my skin is so important,” she said. McGrady is in Atlanta on behalf of Olay, which has a most unique ad running during the Super Bowl. It stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and a guy in a different sort of mask.

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“You are like, is this a trailer for a movie? It’s shocking, it’s quirky, it’s funny,” McGrady said. “It’s going to grab everyone’s attention.”

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McGrady, an advocate for wellness and body positivity, said that while her job involves plenty of hair/makeup/style prep, getting ready for a big shoot also requires the right mindset.

“My biggest thing getting ready for SI was mental health,” she said. “With something like that, there’s going to be a lot of talk about my body because I am a curvier girl.”

An SI feature titled “Hunter McGrady: In her own words” featured those words as body art. Fearless, confident and worthy were prominent among them.

More recently, McGrady was excited to model for Olay during New York Fashion Week. 

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“We have lived in a society for so long that was about trying to change the way we look,” she said. “Olay is breaking that boundary.”


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