Olivia Culpo has landed the coveted cover of the 2020 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
The 28-year-old former Miss Universe has been in the pages of the magazine for three consecutive years, but the 2020 edition marks the first time she’s appeared on the front of the publication.
In the group cover, she can be seen posing alongside models Jasmine Sanders and Kate Bock in the waters of Bali, Indonesia wearing a high-leg black swimsuit with gold chain detailing, while on her solo cover, she wears a white bikini with a transparent jacket.
“WOW! I really am speechless and this still doesn’t feel real. I am so grateful for every experience I have been able to have with my @si_swimsuit family,” Olivia wrote on Instagram besides her solo cover. “It’s been an honor to be surrounded by so many amazing and strong women.”
She also shared a photo of her with a vision board that she made four years ago featuring Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue pictures.
“(Four) years ago when I was pasting these images onto a poster board it was me sitting on the floor with my glue stick and scissors shooting for the stars and it felt completely unattainable,” she confessed. “I just hope this can show anyone out there that their goals, big or small, really can come true and that you deserve it. Thank you to everyone who has helped me achieve this dream and to all the other dreamers, never give up.”
Olivia, Jasmine, and Kate posed for photographer Yu Tsai in Bali in November last year, and Olivia admitted to New York Post’s Page Six that the shoot days were tough.
“My knees were bleeding from the rocks, and I was being taken out by waves,” she shared. “We have to wake up at 4 a.m. to get the right light, and we shoot until the sun goes down.”
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