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Excitement, Controversy surround Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition debut

The Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Swimsuit Edition is hitting newsstands on Tuesday, and among the pages you may see a familiar face.

Ariel Meredith is a Shreveport Native and Sports Illustrated model.

"There were not a lot of black women in the issue so I am happy to be 4th year and continuing," says Meredith.

Meredith moved to New York after graduating from Huntington High School. After 12 years of modeling she says her mother has been her biggest support.

"I think when I was younger I think she saw something in me because when I would automatically just turn it on," says Meredith.

This will make the 4th time Meredith has graced the pages of the magazine's Swimsuit Edition. She is only one of many other models showing off the latest in swimsuit fashion.

But the risqué photos in the magazine have garnered some sharp criticism from local leaders.

Shreveport's Catholic Diocese Bishop Michael Duca said recently in an interview with KEEL News Radio that tomorrow's magazine debut will be a sad day for America.

"It's terribly offensive to women and to men and of course it underlies a tremendous problem of abuse to children and also to sex trades," says Duca in the interview with KEEL News Radio.

Not everyone shares Duca's point of view.

"I don't think its harmful or bad, I think it's just a positive way for women to show off how they look," says Gus Dupuy.

"I just write it off as a magazine for men, I don't really pay too much attention to magazine's at all," says Rose Richardson.

The magazine is expected to be met with support. In the past this issue has sold more than a million copies on newsstands.

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