2023 SI Swimsuit Rookie Sixtine Reflects on Whirlwind Weekend of Launch Events

The model posed for this year’s magazine in Dominica, where she worked with photographer Yu Tsai.


A rookie in the 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue, model and body neutrality influencer Sixtine took some time to share a thoughtful message on TikTok about the magazine’s launch week events in New York and Florida.

“pov: you were told you’d never be a successful model because of your size but now you’re a sports illustrated swimsuit model,” the 25-year-old wrote across the screen in a May 22 post.

Video footage of the model on the red carpet at the Hard Rock Hotel in New York City and scenes from her photo shoot on location in Dominica with Yu Tsai then filled the screen.

“first @SI SWIMSUIT 👙 launch in the books 🥹,” Sixtine wrote in her caption. “thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years in making my dreams come true 🫶🏼 #sportsillustratedswimsuit #siswimsuitmodel #curvemodel.”

The model’s comment section was filled with tons of supportive feedback, and many of Sixtine’s followers expressed their thanks for her content playing a role in their own self-love journeys.

“You’re the reason I look in the mirror and love whatever I see, no matter how much weight I gain or lose! 🖤🖤🖤,” one person wrote.

“This the new wave of models and honestly I am so happy to see it🥺 You are an absolute goddess!✨,” someone else added.

“Honestly thank you- you have made me regain so much confidence in myself and my body. I manifest only the good for you💗,” another fan stated.

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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.