Ellie Thumann Is Incredible in ‘Baywatch’-Inspired Red One-Piece Swimsuit

The SI Swimsuit rookie channeled Pamela Anderson for a set of Instagram snaps.
Ellie Thumann

Ellie Thumann.

While she’ll make her SI Swimsuit Issue debut next month, 2023 rookie Ellie Thumann is wasting no time modeling more swimwear in the meantime. 

The 21-year-old YouTuber shared a series of images on Instagram on April 26 in which she majorly channeled Pamela Anderson’s Baywatch days. Thumann emerged from the water in the first pic clad in a red one-piece swimsuit as she pushed her wet hair away from her face. She knelt in the sand and gave the camera her best smolder in another snap, while the third and final image in the collage depicted Thumann sprawled out in the sand with her eyes closed and her face toward the sun.

“a rare sighting of Ellie getting in the water,” the model quipped in her caption. She credited photographer Amadeo with the gorgeous images.

Plenty of Thumann’s 1.6 million IG followers ran to the comments to share their feedback.

“Rare sighting 🔥,” bestie Hannah Meloche agreed. “Absolutely stunning!!!”

“Baewatch,” Kit Clementine Keenan joked.

“Ur literally such a slay,” a fan gushed.

“Gorgeous ❤️,” Kelsey Jackson wrote.

Before Thumann makes her debut in the SI Swimsuit Issue next month, take a look behind the scenes at her Puerto Rico photo shoot here.

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.