2023 SI Swimsuit Rookie Lauren Chan Applauds Cover Model Kim Petras

The women attended magazine launch events in New York and Florida, including an epic concert put on by the German pop star.
Lauren Chan and Kim Petras

Lauren Chan and Kim Petras.

We love to see women supporting fellow women, particularly when it’s individuals within the SI Swimsuit brand doing so. Lauren Chan, a rookie in the 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue, shared a sweet message on Instagram on May 26 about Kim Petras, one of four cover models featured on the front of this year’s magazine.

During the German pop star’s concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood, Fla., on May 19, SI Swimsuit models joined Petras onstage as she sang her hit track, “Coconuts.”

“Kim is an incredible performer who was so, so deserving of an SI cover—and who I admire even more for making the incredibly brave decision to perform in FL amid all of the state’s anti-LGBTQ+ legislation,” Chan wrote in her caption alongside video footage from the evening’s show.

Chan, who identifies as gay, penned a moving essay for SI Swimsuit on her coming out journey this year, while Petras is only the second transgender woman to ever appear on the magazine’s cover. 

“Want to support the game-changing cover girl and the LGBTQ+ community?” the Canadian-born model later inquired of her followers. “Go pre-save her new album Feed the Beast on Spotify today! 🖤💪🏼🎵🎧.”

The same day Petras was announced as an SI Swimsuit Issue cover model, she revealed on Instagram that her new album, Feed the Beast, will drop on June 23.

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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.