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Women's Running magazine features plus-size model on its cover

Women's Running magazine has once again thought outside of the slim-sized box when choosing models for its latest issue.

The April 2016 issue of the magazine is making headlines for its decision to feature a curvy model, 27-year-old Nadia Aboulhosn, on the cover.

Brb I'm crying ugly tears. I shot a few months ago with @womensrunningmagazine for their April 2016 issue that's out on stands now. I was in the airport last night flying from Florida back to LA and went in the store, saw it, and started crying. This elderly couple next to me was like...whats wrong? I'm like THIS IS MY FIRST MAGAZINE COVER AFTER WORKING NON STOP FOR 5 YEARS! I'm glad no one was around to see it Bc snot was every where, I was sweating. 😂 I know I joke a lot so let me be serious and say thank you to Women's Running Mag for choosing me. When I got the email I still didn't believe it was going to happen. I for sure thought last minute something was going to happen and I wouldn't be on the cover just solely off the fact that things have turned wrong for me so much of my life when I'm almost about to have something, I get disappointed or let down. I'm never satisfied and feel like I could always be doing more but seeing my cover made me calm down and enjoy this moment that's such a milestone for me and my career. Thank you especially to Jessica Sebor. You amaze me. It's so important to feel good about yourself. I'll be taking over @womensrunningmagazine's Instagram account tomorrow so be sure to follow and be sure to get the mag and read my story inside! Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this, the entire team at Womens Running, also to my family and close circle who keep me aligned. Thank you to all of you because you contribute so much to my success. Wearing @adidasoriginals outfit in this shot with @nike roshe runs. 🙏🏽

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In an Instagram post that has over 13,000 likes, Aboulhosn explained why the cover is so meaningful to her.

"I'm crying ugly tears," she wrote. "I was in the airport last night flying from Florida back to LA and went in the store, saw it, and started crying. This elderly couple next to me was like...'what's wrong?' I'm like, 'this is my first magazine cover after working non-stop for 5 years!'"

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It seems like the decision to place Aboulhosn was a no-brainer for Women's Running editor-in-chief Jessica Sebor.

"You don't need to be an Olympic marathon runner to get the physical, emotional and psychological benefits of staying fit and healthy," Sebor wrote in a statement.

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This isn't the first time Women's Running magazine has featured a curvy model on its cover. The publication received praise in July of last year for featuring 18-year-old plus-size model Erica Schenk.

"There's a stereotype that all runners are skinny, and that's just not the case," Sebor told TODAY. "Runners come in all shapes and sizes. You can go any race finish line, from a 5K to a marathon, and see that. It was important for us to celebrate that."

"I think that every woman goes to the magazine rack sometimes and feels like she can't see herself in the cover images," she added. "We wanted our readers to feel like they could see themselves in our cover."

And with that, we're giving Women's Running two thumbs-up.

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