2023 SI Swimsuit Cover Model Kim Petras Says Posing for the Issue Provided ‘Huge Confidence Boost’

The Grammy Award-winning artist posed for this year’s magazine in Los Angeles.
Kim Petras

Kim Petras was photographed by Yu Tsai in Los Angeles.

German pop star Kim Petras is one of four 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue cover models, and after Monday’s major announcement, the 30-year-old opened up to People about her cover girl moment. The same day, Petras unveiled more exciting news—she shared on Instagram that her new album, Feed the Beast, drops on June 23.

“It’s super exciting to have my Sports Illustrated cover and album announcement happening at the same time!” Petras told the publication. “Yu Tsai and the whole team at Sports Illustrated made me feel really comfortable and like I belonged there. I had the best time and, honestly, it was a huge confidence boost.”

The “Coconuts” singer is having an incredible year already. In February, Petras became the first transgender woman to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her track “Unholy” with Sam Smith. The artist then posed for photographer Yu Tsai in Los Angeles for the 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue.

“I was so excited when I got the call to be in Sports Illustrated,” Petras told SI Swimsuit of her magazine feature. “It’s very iconic, and a lot of very iconic people have done it before, so [it was a] big dream come true for me.” 

View Kim Petras’s full 2023 SI Swimsuit gallery here.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.