2023 SI Swimsuit Rookie Ellie Thumann Preps for Magazine Launch, Shares Film Throwbacks From Photo Shoot in Puerto Rico

The YouTuber makes her debut with the magazine this month.
Ellie Thumann

Ellie Thumann was photographed by Derek Kettela in Puerto Rico.

Ellie Thumann is on the edge of her seat and ready for the SI Swimsuit Issue to launch next week. The 2023 rookie was photographed by Derek Kettela in Puerto Rico earlier this year. Thumann, who is best known for her lifestyle, fashion and beauty YouTube account, which boasts more than two million subscribers, posted a stunning series of behind the scenes photos on Instagram on May 9.

“Come celebrate the 2023 issue with me and the @si_swimsuit family in Florida (link to tickets in bio)!!! ☀️,” she captioned the carousel she shared with her 1.6 million IG followers.

In the cover slide, she donned a stringy white bikini featuring a cowboy print—very on-brand for Thumann—while makeup artist Jodie Boland sprayed her with perfume. In a later snap, the 21-year-old showed off some blue checkered chaps that she rocked on top of a black bikini. In another snapshot, Thumann smiled bright in a plunging white one-piece while hairstylist Riad Azar gave her blonde locks a quick touch-up.

“My day was unforgettable in the best way possible from start to finish, ending it with a beautiful sunset,” the Arizona native recalled about her time on location. “And [then] the sunrise, everything [from] start to finish [was] perfect. It [was] surreal and I don’t think I’ll ever fully process it. [I’m] just trying to take it all in knowing it’s such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Really trying to keep myself grounded and looking at everything that’s happened to get me here. It’s just incredible.”

Meet Ellie Thumann—read the 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie’s full feature profile here.

Get ready for the hottest event of the year! The 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue is just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss the Swimsuit Issue Launch Party. Secure your tickets now and join us for an unforgettable weekend of glamour, beauty and fun.

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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.