Check Out How Christen Harper Channels ‘The Little Mermaid’ in Seashell Bikini Top

The model returned to the SI Swimsuit Issue for her third year.
Christen Harper

Christen Harper.

Christen Harper returned to the 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue this May for her third feature with the brand, and it just may be her best spread yet. The 30-year-old was named the co-winner of the Swim Search two years ago and earned co-Rookie of the Year honors in ’22. This year, she posed for the publication in Dominica with photographer Amanda Pratt.

On Thursday, Harper shared an image from her full gallery on Instagram, and she’s giving full Ariel from The Little Mermaid vibes. The Southern California native wore a stunning silver seashell bikini top by ADRIANA DEGREAS, paired with black bottoms by Gabriela Pires Beachwear. Harper’s dark chestnut locks were styled in beachy waves and casually tossed over one shoulder as she posed beachside with one hand perched on a small boat.

“Meanwhile in a little village on the shores of Dominica 🐚 ✨🧜🏼‍♀️ @si_swimsuit,” Harper captioned the photo.

Tons of the model’s 452,000 IG followers ran to the comments section to hype her up.

“This whole shoot was 🔥 you look so beyond!” Tanaye White applauded.

“Thiss. Top. Omg,” Katrina Scott wrote.

“My favorite photo 😍😍😍,” Ally Courtnall declared.

“Im shell shocked,” one fan quipped. “Holy moly🔥🐚🐚.”

“Literal goddess 😍,” someone else added.

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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.