5 Lunchtime Links: Plus-size model makes Sports Illustrated cover

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: A photo professional views the historic three covers of 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on a smart phone on the streets of Midtown Manhattan on February 14, 2016 in New York City. Pictured left to right are the three cover models Hailey Clauson, Ashley Graham and Ronda Rousey. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14:  A photo professional views the historic three covers of 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on a smart phone on the streets of Midtown Manhattan on February 14, 2016 in New York City. Pictured left to right are the three cover models Hailey Clauson, Ashley Graham and Ronda Rousey.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

A photo professional views the historic three covers of 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on a smart phone on the streets of Midtown Manhattan on February 14, 2016 in New York City. Pictured left to right are the three cover models Hailey Clauson, Ashley Graham and Ronda Rousey. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

1. Ashley Graham becomes first plus-size model to make Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover.

Saturday night revealed 2016’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition cover featuring Ashley Graham as the first-even plus-size model to grace such a cover. Graham is a 28-year-old plus-size model from Lincoln, Nebraska who dedicated the cover to “every woman who felt like she wasn’t beautiful enough because of her size.” Graham also has her own clothing line and has hosted a TED Talk on body diversity.

2. White people stunned to discover Beyoncé is black in new SNL sketch.

“SNL” provided another sampling of on-the-nose commentary when the show revealed Beyonce’s race in its sketch “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black.” The sketch aired on Feb. 13 in response to anger over the singer’s controversial Super Bowl halftime performance referring to her “unapologetically black” heritage. The skit is styled as a horror film trailer and shows white fans rioting and falling apart as they all realize what race their beloved artist. “Beyoncé is black? But what about ‘Single Ladies?’” Kate McKinnon asks. “She was black in that,” Kenan Thompson answers.

3. Celebrate President’s Day with $1 hot dogs from Sonic.

What better way to celebrate the men who shaped our country than with a dollar-hot dog? Sonic Drive-In is offering customers a choice between two hot dogs for $1. Either the 6-inch All American Hot Dog, topped with ketchup, yellow mustard, relish and chopped onions, or a 6-inch Chili Cheese Coney.

4. Austin pair brings ready-to-drink bloody Mary mix to stores.

After spending several years perfecting the recipe, Austinites Jordan and Joey Kindred have finally perfected their “Bloody Buddy,” a ready-to-drink bloody Mary mix to hit shelves as soon as June. The pair is now focusing on acquiring a Dripping Springs warehouse to begin production. The mix comes ready-to-drink with a vodka infused with a “special blend of chili peppers.”

5. What did you miss this week in viral news?

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport sold how many breakfast tacos in 2015? Where can you get a pair of those Whataburger Nike Dunk Lows? (Hint: You can’t, anywhere.) What does “Portlandia” have to say about Austin? They did what in the Franklin Barbecue line? Catch up on all of your buzzy news with this week’s Webb Report.

 


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