Courtney Lynne Smits is on a roll this year, as she was crowned Miss Virginia during the Miss USA competition. But this achievement was clearly just a stepping stone for Courtney, as she attended this year’s open casting call for Sports Illustrated. And her talents clearly shone, as she was chosen as one of the top girls to move forward. Typically, the publication only moves forward with 16 girls, calling them the “Sweet 16” group. However, this year, SI announced that they were only able to narrow it down to 17 girls.
And when you check out Courtney’s Instagram page, it’s not hard to see why she was one of the luckier girls. She’s been busy modeling in various bikinis for some time now and has some great photos on her feed. One of her newest updates was from two days ago when she shared a series of three photos.
The first photo showed Smits in a white bikini with graffiti-like splatters on them. She posed in front of a body of water, as she popped her right foot and placed her left hand on her head. She tilted her head slightly to the right and gave a huge smile for the cameras. It looked like she may have been oiled up for the shot. Either way, her chiseled body was on full display.
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HELLO MIAMI!!!???? • It’s amazing to me how 9 months can change the way you see the world. The 2nd picture is me, but with no confidence or hope of becoming anything other than the “pretty army girl who had so much potential”, this first picture is the EXACT SAME COCO, but one who is absolutely ready to conquer the world. I feel beautiful in both pictures, I never once thought I was fat, but I was not allowing myself to be completely confident because of the unhealthy way I was treating my body. • Once I took a leap and moved, I met @bodybycraig and now we’re at the first picture. • Now when I see myself in the mirror(or walk up a flight of stairs????) I feel like the awesome, bad*ss woman that’s in the very first picture. • So, TOMORROW, I take the next step in joining @mj_day and the @si_swimsuit family because over the years they have shown me that being a strong, confident, beautiful woman doesn’t look 1 certain way. It’s the @jasmynwilkins, @ashleygraham, @halima, @oliviaculpo, @tyrabanks, that are the real life, trailblazing women to follow.???? #siswimsearch #siswimsearch2019 #sportsillustratedswimsuit #miami #army #armyreserve @si_swimsuit @siswimsearch
The second photo, on the other hand, was apparently taken before she decided to become the woman she wanted to be. Arguably, she looked great then too, but she didn’t have the same muscles or toned body then. The selfie showed her posing in a black sports bra and bottoms.
In addition, Lynne shared a third photo, which was of her in army gear. Her affiliation as a fifth-generation military member is something she previously opened up about during an interview with Fox News. She spoke about her upbringing.
“We moved a lot. I was born in Germany. My parents always pushed me to do what I wanted to do. I ended up joining the Army just like them. But at the end of the day, they are so supportive of my Miss USA journey and anything I want to do really,” she said.
Courtney also revealed her future goals at the time.
“I want to do government work after college. They helped instill a lot of discipline in me, but also they helped instill the fact that I could literally be anything that I want to be.”