2023 SI Swimsuit Model Angel Reese Celebrates 21st Birthday With Bayou Barbie Photo Shoot

The college basketball star rang in the occasion with a perfectly themed Instagram post.
Angel Reese

Angel Reese was photographed by Yu Tsai in Los Angeles.

It’s a good week to be Angel Reese. Not only was the LSU star forward named a 2023 SI Swimsuit model on Monday, but she also rang in her 21st birthday on Saturday.

The Bayou Barbie celebrated her milestone occasion appropriately with a Barbie-themed photo shoot on Instagram. In the trio of snapshots, Reese rocked a pink mini dress while she posed for photographer Trebreh Baaheth inside a plastic doll box. Reese held a lollipop to her lips in two of the pics and posed with her hands held against the box in another. She credited her glam team, including Luxe Ponytails and The Mused Face.

“Rip me out the plastic I been acting BRAND NEW! BIG 21! Happy Birthday to the one & ONLY! 💖,” Reese wrote in her caption while tagging her location in Atlanta.

Tons of Reese’s 1.8 million IG followers chimed into the comments section to wish the college athlete a happy birthday.

“Happy birthday 🎈❤️,” commented one-time SI Swimsuit model Winnie Harlow.

“Happy birthday baby!!!😍😍😍😍😍,” gushed La La Anthony.

“This is so beautiful 💕 love you like I birthed you too,” Kia Brooks added. “Enjoy your day beautiful !!💐 #HappyBirthday Again 🎉🎂.”

Meet Angel Reese—read the 2023 SI Swimsuit model’s full feature profile 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.