SI Swim Search Model Gabriella Halikas Slays in Lace Velvet Maxi Dress

The self-proclaimed CEO of confidence showed off a glam outfit on Instagram.
Ella Halikas

Gabriella Halikas.

Gabriella Halikas continues to turn heads with her bold and fashion-forward looks. The 2021 SI Swim Search finalist shared a few snapshots rocking a gorgeous teal maxi dress with lace bustier detailing and a thigh-high slit. 

The 25-year-old modeled her Odilia Teal Lace Velvet Maxi Dress ($195) by Miss Circle in a Feb. 14 Instagram post. The photos showed Halikas, who accessorized with statement earrings and a few rings, in a car while she struck poses from various angles. 

Makeup artist Kelli Anne Sewell matched the model’s glam to her outfit and opted for smokey blue eyeliner, while hairstylist Mia Santiago slicked Halikas’s hair back into a ponytail with several face-framing pieces left out.

The self-proclaimed CEO of confidence captioned her post, “your honor, she’s slaying,” a sentiment many of her followers echoed in the comments section.

“Good Lord! !!!!!” wrote Santiago. “What a bombshell!”

“IVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS LOOK!!!!!” added Mara Martin.

“AMAZING! How do you always serveeeee?!? 🔥🔥,” gushed one follower.

“ITS GIVING @ashleygraham,” added a fan.

Earlier in the week, Halikas shared the exciting news that she signed with Ford Models, which she called her “dream agency” in her IG announcement.

“there were times where i really thought i should just give up on modeling entirely because i never felt like i was given a full chance to see my worth and potential in this industry,” she wrote. “BUT BOY WAS I WRONG!!! God is so good and i’m so eternally grateful for this opportunity !!!! childhood me is crying right now!!!”

“Proud of you my Ella baby💫,” wrote Katie Austin, while Tanaye White added, “So happy for you bb!”

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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.