Ellie Thumann Dazzles in 2023 SI Swimsuit Rookie Feature: ‘Life-Changing Experience’

The YouTube star is featured in this year’s magazine after being photographed in Puerto Rico.
Ellie Thumann was photographed by Derek Kettela in Puerto Rico. Swimsuit by Andi Bagus.

Ellie Thumann was photographed by Derek Kettela in Puerto Rico. Swimsuit by Andi Bagus.


Ellie Thumann is living her best life during SI Swimsuit launch week, which she called the “biggest week of [her] life.

The Arizona native flew from South Carolina, where she now lives, to New York City and appeared on Good Day New York on Monday, the day the SI Swimsuit 2023 Issue dropped. She heads to Miami at the end of the week for more exciting festivities. She shared an adorable first look at her SI Swimsuit photos the same day, and we are totally obsessed.

Thumann was photographed by Derek Kettela in Puerto Rico earlier this year, and the styling was inspired by classic Western looks—which the 21-year-old is always a fan of—and lots of denim.

View Ellie Thumann’s full 2023 SI Swimsuit gallery here.

Ellie Thumann was photographed by Derek Kettela in Puerto Rico. Swimsuit by SIE Swim.

Ellie Thumann was photographed by Derek Kettela in Puerto Rico. Swimsuit by SIE Swim.

“WELL… it’s out!!!! what an honor to be a @si_swimsuit 2023 rookie at 21 years old!!! man this means a lot to me and has been a life changing experience to say the least,” the YouTuber wrote. “Thank you @mj_day for bringing me peace & confidence that I could do this!!!! Never would have dreamed this could be a reality and it’s been incredibly special to show my audience (some that have seen me since 13 year old awkward brace face Ellie) that anything is possible!!! @derekkettela.”

“You came. You saw. You conquered,” editor in chief MJ Day commented.

Thumann tagged hairstylist Riad Azar, makeup artist Jodie Boland and fashion editor Margot Zamet.

View Ellie Thumann’s full 2023 SI Swimsuit gallery here.

Get ready for the hottest event of the year! The 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue is out now, 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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Ananya Panchal

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.