Camille Kostek got a hand from fans in becoming the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie of the Year, and now the model is giving them a glimpse of the very revealing bikini she’s rocking for the honor.
The model and girlfriend of football great Rob Gronkowski took to Instagram on Monday to share a revealing picture from her recent Sports Illustrated shoot, showing her in a very skimpy bikini as she sat on the beach with the sand covering her well-toned body. Kostek had called on fans to help vote for her in the competition, and she was able to take home the crown.
As People magazine noted, Kostek is now featured on one of the magazine’s three covers for the annual swimsuit issue, along with Tyra Banks and soccer star Alex Morgan.
After learning of the honor, Kostek said she was speechless.
“I’m one to be the biggest blabber mouths ever and this is one that’s left me shaking in my shoes and speechless like I’ve never been before,” Kostek said on Good Morning America last week, via People.
The win marks a meteoric rise for Camille Kostek. As Sports Illustrated noted, she first made her mark as a cheerleader for the New England Patriots and was picked by the magazine for its first-ever Instagram-based model search last year. Kostek was one of five picked to be featured in an SI Swimsuit photo shoot, traveling to Belize to take in the sun and featuring in some revealing shots.
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ROOKIE OF THE YEAR voting is open now!!! LETS KEEP THIS STREAK GOING FAM!! Click the link in my bio, find my photo amongst the insane 2019 rookie class, select my photo, scroll down and click the red VOTE button ❤️ voting ends Friday so let’s get as many submissions in as we can before the end of the week ???????? The #RookieOfTheYear honor is in YOUR hands - so this one goes out to you if we get this ???????????? LETS GO TEAM ! Side note ... what should our team name be ?! Photo by @josie_clough for @si_swimsuit
The 26-year-old has steadily grown her stature from there, attracting more than half a million followers on Instagram and becoming a fixture of celebrity news sites. Many fans seem to love that Camille rocks a curvier physique and is proud of her body, even if it doesn’t match the rail-thin looks of other models. In an interview with Sports Illustrated last year, Kostek said that she grew up as a dancer and always looked up to other dancers.
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a dream come true. I’m trying not to cry of joy AGAIN as I simply write that little phrase. This is living proof to “trust the process” “everything happens for a reason” and “when the time is right...” THIS cover is my living proof that what’s meant to be will be. This cover came after countless NO’s. This cover came after years of rejection. This cover came after 10 years of talking about wanting to simply be a @si_swimsuit model in the issue. This cover came after submitting a video for the first ever open call two years ago. My day one friends and my parents and siblings have heard me talk about this dream forever. They’ve watched me work for it and they’ve watched me fail. But when you are passionate about wanting something in your life NOTHING will get in the way. This cover came at a time where I finally accepted every inch of this body, and where I felt my best self mentally. I have admired women of this iconic issue since I learned of it over ten years ago. They helped shape the way I viewed myself. I feel so honored to be loved and trusted by @mj_day and the rest of the team to be one of the covers for one powerful Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. This cover is for all the dreamers out there. Work hard, be kind to all around you and own who YOU are. SI SWIMSUIT 2019 COVERGIRL OMG ????
“I remembered loving looking at JLo because she had a set of hips. And I think that’s what so cool about this day in age is that you do have that reach. Being an older sister and having been a young woman, it’s super cool for these women to reach out and share their insecurities or something that they want advice on and kind of being able to be their inspiration,” she said. “That’s like the most fulfilling thing to ever hear.”
Fans who want to check out all of Camille Kostek’s bikini-clad looks will be able to pick up the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, which hit newsstands in May this year instead of February.