6 Photos of Sue Bird in St. Thomas That Will Make You Feel Empowered

The retired WNBA star posed for the SI Swimsuit Issue with photographer Laretta Houston last year.
Sue Bird was photographed by Laretta Houston in St. Thomas.

Sue Bird was photographed by Laretta Houston in St. Thomas.

Sue Bird made her powerful SI Swimsuit debut last year alongside fellow WNBA athletes Breanna Stewart, DiDi Richards, Nneka Ogwumike and Te’a Cooper. The Storm star was drafted No. 1 in 2002 and spent two super impressive decades with the team, resulting in four WNBA championships.

The five-time Olympic gold medalist, whose partner is USWNT player and 2019 SI Swimsuit model Megan Rapinoe, retired last September.

“To actually be invited, to know what they’re celebrating, it’s amazing. I feel like I was lucky in that we did the group shots first, so it was kind of like a good way to be around other people to get used to being in front of the camera in your suit,” the 42-year-old said while on location in St. Thomas with photographer Laretta Houston. “So now that it’s the individual day, I feel like a little more relaxed and kind of ready for it.”

Below are six of our favorite photos from Bird’s 2022 SI Swimsuit feature.


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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.