Sports Illustrated's Brooks Nader comments on 'sexy' dress backlash

Sports Illustrated's Brooks Nader comments on 'sexy' dress backlash

Just a few months ago, most people had not heard of 23-year-old Brooks Nader.

However, after attending the first-ever open casting call for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in Miama, the Baton Rouge-native soon earned herself a spot in the final six out of over 10,000 hopefuls. Then, after impressing in front of the camera of famed photographer Yu Tsai, Nader was named the 2019 model search winner.

In her rookie year, Nader was once again photographed by Tsai, this time in Bali, but it wasn't until the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year awards in December 2019 that Nader gained an overwhelming amount of attention - and a lot of it was down to her outfit choice for the evening.

Donning a sheer mini-dress, Nader quickly went viral on social media. But sadly, not all the comments were positive.

Check out Brooks absolutely owning it on a Sports Illustrated shoot:

Despite the fact Brooks has received over 22,000 'Likes' on an Instagram post of the eye-popping dress, along with a string of comments complimenting her "stunning" outfit choice, she has also received a lot of negative comments, with some even claiming she was "asking to be raped".

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Now, in an interview with Fox News, Nader has revealed that she never realized the dress would be as sheer as it was, and how Megan Rapinoe inspired her to ignore the haters. Naders said:

"I really didn't know it was that sheer when I tried it on. And then with the flash on the red carpet, I thought it was just a normal event. But then when I saw it I was like, 'Oh, it looks kind of cool. It's pretty sheer, I kind of like it.'

"So when people were commenting mean stuff about the sheer dress - whatever - I kind of don't really care because I really liked the dress and it was such an empowering event."

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Nader continued:

"Megan Rapinoe won Sportsperson of the Year. She was talking about how unapologetic she is with the signature move that she does when she scores a goal. [...]

"And so I was kind of like, 'Well I'm a rookie this year so I can wear a sheer dress if I want to'. Not really [laughs] but I mean I thought it looked good and half the people thought it did, half the people thought it didn't. […] I think people that comment mean things and give hate over stuff like that just kind of have nothing better to do. I really did like the dress and I thought it looked good. So that's that."

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In a previous interview with Fox News back in December, Nader said: "I can’t say that I ignore the haters and it doesn’t hurt my feelings because it does.

"But what sticks with me more is fans and friends sticking up for me in [the] comments. I feel sorry for people [who] have to put others down. It’s all about lifting people up and supporting each other."

The model also explained that although she wasn't expective the response she received, she doesn't mind because "fashion is different for everyone":

"When I was trying on outfits for my event, I was not going for or expecting the response that I got. I always like to be edgy, fun and take fashion risks at times. I like my attitude to be consistent with my style. It’s important to be authentic and confident when it comes to anything I do in my life. I dress for me - no one else. Fashion is different for everyone and I never judge people’s choices."