2023 SI Swimsuit Rookie Lauren Chan Strips Down, Reveals Major Life News

The former fashion editor shared jaw-dropping images and penned a personal essay.
Lauren Chan

Lauren Chan.

Lauren Chan is SI Swimsuit's newest model, and the 2023 rookie announced her status in epic fashion on Instagram.

Chan, who also used the opportunity to publicly come out as gay in an essay on the platform, wore nothing but a white Sports Illustrated hat and pair of string bikini bottoms in her April 19 photo collage. She posed against a lush backdrop of greenery with her hands held to her chest as she smoldered for the camera. Chan dropped her hands and sipped from a glass in a second image.

“Atop the list of things I never thought I’d do: be in @si_swimsuit, be gay, and come out to the world in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit,” the Canadian model wrote in her caption.

“More thoughts and SI Swimsuit photos to come, but for now…I’m going to try to relish in the moment,” she continued. “Thank you for joining me in this celebration! 🌈👙.”

Chan’s comment section was full of tons of her 83,700 followers on the platform showering her with love.

“YAAASSS GIRL!!! 🔥🔥🔥,” fellow SI Swimsuit star Kamie Crawford gushed in the comments.

“I’m just beside myself proud of you. I love you,” five-time SI Swimsuit model Hunter McGrady applauded. “You deserve this. You deserve all of the beautiful things in this world ❤️.”

“This is the hottest announcement of the century,” Laura Delarato stated.

“It’s giving icon,” Gabriella Karefa-Johnson cheered.

Meet Lauren Chan—read the 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie’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.