5 Photos From Ashley Callingbull’s Historic SI Swimsuit Feature in the Dominican Republic

The Swim Search finalist was photographed by Yu Tsai last year.
Ashley Callingbull was photographed by Yu Tsai in the Dominican Republic.

Ashley Callingbull was photographed by Yu Tsai in the Dominican Republic.


Ashley Callingbull made her historic SI Swimsuit debut last year as the first Indigenous First Nations woman to be featured in the magazine. The Swim Search finalist was photographed by Yu Tsai in the Dominican Republic, and the TV broadcast host knew what a major moment it was for her community.

“I am the first Indigenous First Nations woman to appear in the magazine, and I know I won’t be the last. I’m opening the door for our next generation of women, which is really important,” the 33-year-old said of the milestone at the time. “The reaction was just more than I expected. So many Indigenous people [saw themselves represented] for the first time, which is overwhelming. And it’s not just Indigenous people; many women of color reached out and said it feels so good to be seen and heard. Representation matters. It’s been a dream.”

Below are five of our favorite photos from Callingbull’s photo shoot in the Dominican Republic.

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Ananya Panchal

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.