2023 SI Swimsuit Rookie Ellie Thumann Looks Adorable in White One-Piece Swimsuit and Cowboy Hat

The model has been enjoying some leisure time in Oahu, Hawai’i.
Ellie Thumann

Ellie Thumann.

SI Swimsuit’s new model is proving that she belongs by the beach. Ellie Thumann has been soaking up some sun in Oahu, Hawai’i, recently and shared the Instagram pics to prove it.

The 2023 rookie shared a collection of vacation snaps on Monday, including one of herself standing in the middle of a dirt road rocking a white one-piece swimsuit. Thumann accessorized with a cowboy hat over her wavy blonde locks.

In another photo, Thumann and friend Hannah Meloche held hands by the water between two palm trees. The 20-year-old wore a long sleeved swim crop top and matching black bottoms, while Meloche opted for a one-piece black swimsuit.

“a week of pickle ball and new cowboy hats,” she captioned the photo dump.

The collage also included a snapshot of the model wearing a white bikini top with red piping, which she paired with white linen pants. Thumman also offered up pics of food, time on the pickleball court, more fashion and a photo of a mystery man holding her hand as she ascended some rocks.

“Twas perfect,” Meloche declared in the comments. “What’s on the agenda for next week 😀🍽️.”

“You guys have come so far,” one person wrote of the besties. “It’s amazing watching you grow together!🤍✨.”

Fans were also curious about one photo in particular, and they were not shy about inquiring further.

“soft launch?” one person asked. “last slide..”

“last pic 👀👀,” someone else questioned.

“a man’s arm?” another follower pointed out.

Meet Ellie Thumann—read the 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie’s full feature profile here.

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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.