Gabriella Halikas Dons Metallic String Bikini, Confidently Flaunts Curves in Hot Tub

The 2021 Swim Search finalist snapped photos with friends in Colorado.
Gabriella Halikas

Gabriella Halikas.

Leave it to Gabriella Halikas, the self-proclaimed “CEO of confidence,” to provide a feel-good boost for all of us.

The 2021 Swim Search finalist shared a series of photos of herself enjoying some hot tub time with friends on Instagram on April 11. A fresh-faced Halikas wore the Metallic Swim Skimpy Triangle Top ($48) and matching Metallic Swim Skimpy Tie Bottom ($48) by SKIMS in the color carbon.

While the model and her pals, Kayla Rich and Serene Russell, all looked incredible, it was Halikas’s caption that really impressed.

“crazy to think i really let society’s beauty standards make me think i couldn’t rock a bikini unless i was smaller😮‍💨😮‍💨😮‍💨,” the 25-year-old wrote in her caption. She tagged her location as Aspen, Colo.

Tons of the model’s 205,000 followers on the platform chimed into the comments section with similar sentiments.

“Thank you for blessing us,” Sofia Franklyn wrote.

“MY GORGEOUS QUEEN,” Nicki Andrea gushed.

“major inspo,” Mikayla Jade Rogers stated.

“You’ve changed my goals … they’re not to change my body anymore, they’re to change my confidence. ❤️💪🏻,” a fan shared.

“You have no idea how much i needed this today,” another person 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.