Behind the Scenes: Watch Rookie Melissa Wood-Tepperberg’s 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue Fitting

The MWH founder is eagerly anticipating her rookie photos in the annual publication, which launches this week.
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg.

Ahead of this week’s 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue release, rookie Melissa Wood-Tepperberg is sharing throwback behind-the-scenes footage with her fans. The workout and wellness leader shared a brief video clip from her fitting with the magazine on Instagram on Friday. 

“It’s crazy to think the launch of @si_swimsuit 2023 is alllll going down next week (omggg)!!!” the 40-year-old mom of two gushed in her caption. “The fitting is when it all came to life and began to feel so surreal.”

In the footage, Wood-Tepperberg entered the room in a long black leather trench before looking through a rack of swimwear selected for her by fashion editor Margot Zamet. While the MWH founder didn’t provide too many glimpses of her final choices, she briefly donned a purple-and-white furry number and provided a blurred-out clip of herself rocking a vibrant bikini.

“I cannot wait until that magazine hits the stands (I haven’t seen any of the final images yet so it’s as much as a surprise for me as it is for everyone else),” Wood-Tepperberg continued. “Freaking out!!!”

“EEEP,” 2023 SI Swimsuit model Brooks Nader exclaimed in the comments.

“It’s allllll happening next week!!! 👏👙,” the official SI Swimsuit IG account added.

“Congratulations- love your energy! Inspirational for 40 & above…….and below❣️,” one person wrote.

Meet Melissa Wood-Tepperberg—read the 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie’s full feature profile here.

Get ready for the hottest event of the year! The 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue is just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss the Swimsuit Issue Launch Party. Secure your tickets now and join us for an unforgettable weekend of glamour, beauty and fun.

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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.