Gabriella Halikas’s No. 1 Tip for Rocking a String Bikini With Confidence

The 2021 SI Swim Search model recently worked with SKIMS.
Ella Halikas

Gabriella Halikas.

SI Swim Search model and self-proclaimed CEO of confidence Gabriella Halikas has a message for her Instagram followers: wear the string bikini.

“I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Don’t let the size of your body or what society thinks you should wear to the pool ever change your mind on a string bikini,” Halikas declared in a March 14 Instagram video post.

Halikas, who wrote in her caption that she recently worked with SKIMS, wore the brand’s Metallic Swim Skimpy Triangle Top ($48) and matching Metallic Swim Skimpy Tie Bottom ($48) in the color carbon.

“Don’t feel like you need to hide yourself at the pool or the beach and cover up and not show too much skin because you’re a little thicker,” Halikas later stated in the clip. “Rock it and own it.”

Halikas posed for SI Swimsuit in 2021 when she was photographed by Yu Tsai in Atlantic City.

“manifested this one!!!🔥😭😍,” Halikas wrote in her caption. “if you know me, you know i love me a string bikini!!! rock those curves honey, don’t try to hide them😜❤️‍🔥.”

The model’s followers were inspired by her encouraging words of self-worth.

“Forever obsessed with you,” Uche gushed.

“woww i LOVE this 👏,” Victoria Garrick Browne added.

“SHE DOES IT AGAIN!! 🔥👏🏼,” a fan exclaimed.

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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.