Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model defends cover

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The racy Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover photo has been causing controversy all over the world but model Hannah Davis thinks that everyone is making a big deal over nothing. INSIDE EDITION spoke to her at the magazine’s celebration in New York City on Tuesday. Davis said, “I think people are talking about something they can’t even see. I mean you can’t see anything!” The uproar of the cover continues with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation wanting the magazine be covered up like many s
Hannah Davis attends Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue 2015 Celebration at Marquee on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, In New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0204 -- Pictured: (l-r) Announcer Steve Higgins, model Hannah Davis and host Jimmy Fallon reveal the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover on February 4, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 11: Model Hannah Davis attends 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit's 'Swimville' Takes Over Nashville! on February 11, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 11: Artist Herb Williams and model Hannah Davis attend 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit's 'Swimville' Takes Over Nashville! on February 11, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 11: Artist Herb Williams and model Hannah Davis attend 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit's 'Swimville' Takes Over Nashville! on February 11, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 31: (L-R) Model Hannah Davis, retired Major League Baseball player Derek Jeter and businessman Mark Cuban attend DirecTV Super Saturday Night hosted by Mark Cuban's AXS TV and Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan at Pendergast Family Farm on January 31, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DirecTV)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Model Hannah Davis is seen at Jeremy Scott fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Milk Studios on September 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 31: Retired Major League Baseball player Derek Jeter (L) and model Hannah Davis attend DirecTV Super Saturday Night hosted by Mark Cuban's AXS TV and Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan at Pendergast Family Farm on January 31, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DirecTV)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 18: Beach Bunny Designer Angela Chittenden (L) and Hannah Davis attend the Beach Bunny Featuring The Blonds show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 at Cabana Grande at The Raleigh on July 18, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for TRESemme)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Model Hannah Davis arrives at SI Swimsuit South Beach Soiree at The Gale South Beach on February 20, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Hannah Davis attends Narciso Rodriguez Bottletop Collection Pepsi U.S. Launch at Sikkema Jenkins And Co. Gallery on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 19: Hannah Davis attends Salon Allure Opening Fashion Presentation at W South Beach Hotel & Residences on July 19, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Serg Alexander/Getty Images for W South Beach Hotel & Residences)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Model Hannah Davis attends DIRECTV's 8th Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: DIRECTV Genie Hannah Davis attends DIRECTV's 2013 National Ad Sales Upfront on May 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for DirecTV)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: New York Yankees player Derek Jeter (L) and model Hannah Davis attend Derek Jeter's 40th Birthday Celebration at The Brickwood on June 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
Model Hannah Davis attends the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Issue kickoff event at Swimsuit Beach House on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Model Hannah Davis attends Derek Jeter's 40th Birthday Celebration at The Brickwood on June 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
Model Hannah Davis attends a special screening of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" at AMC Lincoln Square on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Model Hannah Davis attends a special screening of Radius TWC's "Lovelace" hosted by The Cinema Society and MCM on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Chrissy Teigen,Hannah Davis and Irina Shayk appear at The Beach Bunny runway show on Day 2 of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 on Friday, July 19, 2013 in Miami. . (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision /AP Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Model Hannah Davis attends The Cinema Society & Bobbi Brown with InStyle screening of 'The Other Woman' at The Paley Center for Media on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
Chrissy Teigen,Hannah Davis and Irina Shayk appear at The Beach Bunny runway show on Day 2 of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 on Friday, July 19, 2013 in Miami. . (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision /AP Images)
Julie Henderson, Irina Shayk ,Chrissy Teigen and Hannah Davis appear at The Beach Bunny runway show on Day 2 of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 on Friday, July 19, 2013 in Miami. . (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision /AP Images)
Hannah Davis attends the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit On Location party at Marquee Nightclub on February 13, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)
Model Hannah Davis poses backstage before the Beach Bunny Presented By Veet runway show on Day 2 of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 at The Raleigh Hotel on Friday, July 19, 2013 in Miami Beach, FL . (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP Images)
Hannah Davis attends the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit On Location party at Marquee Nightclub on February 13, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)
Hannah Davis arrives at DIRECTV's Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl, on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 in New Orleans. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
New York, USA. 11th February 2013. Sports Illustrated model HANNAH DAVIS exits after her appearance on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' held at the Ed Sullivan Theater. (Credit Image: © Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News)
Model Hannah Davis attends the 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 20, 2013.
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Models Hannah Ferguson, Kate Bock, Hannah Davis, and Genevieve Morton attend Club SI Swimsuit at LIV Nightclub hosted by Sports Illustrated at Fontainebleau Miami on February 19, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19: Model Hannah Davis attends Club SI Swimsuit at LIV Nightclub hosted by Sports Illustrated at Fontainebleau Miami on February 19, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Hannah Davis attends Super Bowl XLVIII Party Hosted By Shape And Men's Fitness at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Model Hannah Davis attends as celebrity stylist Kate Young debuts her holiday installation for Buffalo David Bitton during the 'Guys Night Out' event at Lord & Taylor on December 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Buffalo David Bitton)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Model Hannah Davis attends Guys Night Out at Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue on December 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Lord & Taylor)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 19: Hannah Davis attends Salon Allure Opening Fashion Presentation at W South Beach Hotel & Residences on July 19, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Serg Alexander/Getty Images for W South Beach Hotel & Residences)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 18: Hannah Davis at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 - Kick Off Party at Raleigh Hotel on July 18, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 18: Model Hannah Davis poses in front of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 Cabriolet by Mara Hoffman at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 Official Coverage - Day 1 at Raleigh Hotel on July 18, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 18: Model Chrissy Teigen, Isaac Daniel (founder of Reel Code Media), DJ Chelsea Leyland and model Hannah Davis on the red carpet at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 - Kick Off Party at Raleigh Hotel on July 18, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 18: Models Chrissy Teigen (L) and Hannah Davis attend the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 Official Kick Off Party at the Raleigh Hotel on July 18, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: DIRECTV Genie Hannah Davis attends DIRECTV's 2013 National Ad Sales Upfront on May 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for DirecTV)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 14: SI Swimsuit Model Hannah Davis attends Club SI Swimsuit at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on February 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Hannah Davis attends the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Launch Party at Crimson on February 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Henry S. Dziekan III/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 14: LVCVA and Sports Illustrated Model Hannah Davis (L) and Kate Upton support the NCAA Basketball Conference Championship at the historic Las Vegas sign on February 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 14: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Hannah Davis ziplines at Fremont Street on February 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 14: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Hannah Davis ziplines at Fremont Street on February 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 14: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Hannah Davis ziplines at Fremont Street on February 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 14: Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hannah Davis arrives at the 'Club SI Swimsuit' hosted by Sports Illustrated and The LVCVA at 1 OAK Las Vegas at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on February 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Model Hannah Davis attends a game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02: Hannah Davis attends DIRECTV'S 7th annual celebrity Beach Bowl at DTV SuperFan Stadium at Mardi Gras World on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for DIRECTV)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02: Hannah Davis attends DIRECTV'S 7th annual celebrity Beach Bowl at DTV SuperFan Stadium at Mardi Gras World on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for DIRECTV)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Models Hannah Davis and Emily DiDonato arrive to 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on February 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Model Hannah Davis enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on February 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - If Nashville fans thought they'd be rubbing elbows with models clad in bikinis at Wednesday's celebration of the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, they were disappointed, as all the models were fully clothed.

But the issue's cover model - Hannah Davis - did address the backlash about her provocative photo, in which she's pulling her bikini bottom down - a pose some critics have suggested is, well, overly suggestive.

"There's controversy every year, so I think it's kind of just silly that they're making it out to be the big thing; I mean it's the swimsuit issue," Davis said. "There are far more scandalous pictures in the magazine if you open it up. It's a girl in a bikini, and I think it's empowering; I've been hearing it's degrading. I think the people who are saying that aren't feminists, because I think when you're a woman and you look at that picture and if you overanalyze it as anything more than just a full picture, it's just silly to me."

Fellow model and Nashville resident Lily Aldridge spoke up for her friend.

"I think people are totally overreacting over the cover," said Aldridge. "It's a beautiful picture. Her bikini bottoms are in the perfectly placed position. It's fine. It's sexy and that's what Sports Illustrated is."
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