Hailey Clauson Shares BTS Pic from 2023 SI Swimsuit Photo Shoot in the Dominican Republic

The repeat franchise model returned for her seventh year with the publication.
Hailey Clauson was photographed by James Macari in Dominican Republic.

Hailey Clauson was photographed by James Macari in Dominican Republic.

Model and entrepreneur Hailey Clauson appeared in the 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue for her seventh year with the franchise, posing for photographer James Macari in the Dominican Republic.

The 28-year-old shared a great behind-the-scenes Instagram photo on May 18 with her 586,000 followers. This year, Clauson’s photo shoot was Barbiecore-themed and featured lots of hot pink, girly patterns and animal print. In the pic, she donned a long sleeve leopard print bikini by Matthew Bruch.

“BTS on my @si_swimsuit shoot✨🌴👙,” Clauson wrote in her caption, while also tagging the official SI Swimsuit brand, hairstylist Adam Maclay and makeup artist Tracy Murphy.

View Hailey Clauson‘s full 2023 SI Swimsuit gallery here.

Clauson chatted with People about her time on location in the Dominican Republic and shared that Maclay opted for “Brigitte Bardot meets ’90s Pamela Anderson vibes,” while Murphy’s glam was meant to withstand both being in the water and humid weather.

“On set with photographer James Macari while listening to ’90s hip-hop … the vibe on set is so much fun! There is a huge team behind the images you see in the magazine,” she told the publication. “I did not wake up like this! LOL! Fun fact: James shot my SI Swimsuit cover back in 2016.”

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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.