How SI Swimsuit Rookie Jennifer Atilémile Says She Manifested Her Opportunity With the Magazine

The model will make her debut in the issue this spring.
Jennifer Atilemile

Jennifer Atilémile.

In case you haven’t heard the exciting news, Jennifer Atilémile is SI Swimsuit’s newest model

Atilémile became Victoria’s Secret’s first Australian curve model in 2020 and has also worked with renowned brands like Maybelline and Clarins. In May, she will make her debut in the SI Swimsuit Issue.

The Australian-French model regularly uses her platform to spread her concept of unique beauty while also advocating for human rights and sustainability efforts in the fashion industry.

On March 19, the model did an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A session on her Instagram story. She answered inquiries about how she broke into the industry and how to best embrace our own unique bodies.

Atilémile also divulged what inspired her to pursue a feature with SI Swimsuit.

“tbh I feel like I manifested it ✨,” she wrote in her story of the opportunity to work with the franchise.

Atilémile also shared a gorgeous image of herself in a swimsuit with waves crashing over her body.

“this photo was taken in [Australia] just after Ashley Graham was on the cover of @si_swimsuit,” she continued of the 2016 cover model. “I was like if she can do it so can I.”

Atilémile admitted that while she wasn’t always confident she’d reach her dream of being in the magazine, she took the leap and put herself out there.

“I was going through some major life transitions and figuring out who I was as a woman, forging my own path in the world - so when the opportunity presented itself last year, I knew it was the right time to send in my casting and cross my fingers that they’d choose me!” she shared. “And they did!”

Meet Jennifer Atilémile—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.