An Inside Look at Jasmine Sanders’s 2023 SI Swimsuit Photo Shoot in Puerto Rico

The model, who was previously named Rookie of the Year, returned to the magazine for her fifth feature.
Jasmine Sanders

Jasmine Sanders.

For Jasmine Sanders’s fifth year with the SI Swimsuit brand, she traveled to Puerto Rico and posed for photographer Ben Watts. The 31-year-old Germany native was named Rookie of the Year in 2019 and landed the cover of the magazine the following year. She’s returned to model for the publication each year since.

While on location in the Caribbean this year, Sanders’s styling was largely inspired by 1970s surf culture, so she wore a lot of vintage prints and bright colors. On Thursday, hairstylist Anthony Cristiano shared a great behind-the-scenes collage capturing Sanders on set with the SI Swimsuit team.

The fashion influencer can be seen wearing a brown string bikini by Monica Hansen Beachwear, an orange-and-white two-piece by LSPACE, a white one-piece by Gooseberry Intimates paired with shorts by American Apparel and more. Photos captured Sanders goofing around on set, prepping with her glam team and more.

“Awesomeness,” Watts commented.

“Beautiful ❤️,” someone else wrote.

After the 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue hit newsstands last month, Sanders shared a heartfelt message on Instagram about her fifth year with the publication.

“I love the images that this team creates more and more each year,” she wrote. “So thankful to the entire team for allowing me to simply exist on set.”

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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.