Hannah Davis, this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl, has one message for her critics: "Don't take [the cover] so seriously."
Davis told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Tuesday she didn't understand why consumers were so critical of her cover photo. "You can't see anything," she said. Davis and the magazine drew criticism after the issue's release on Monday, as critics found the cover to be too risqué.
Brendan Ripp, the magazine's publisher, said in the same interview that the swimsuit issue always draws large amounts of criticism. "We've been doing this for 51 years, and for all 51 covers people have various opinions," he said. "We're comfortable with that."