Katie Austin Muses on the Personal Growth She’s Experienced Over the Last 3 Years

The SI Swimsuit model reflected on how she’s changed since the COVID-19 lockdown.
Katie Austin

Katie Austin.

Believe it or not, March 15 marked the three year anniversary of the state-issued COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. SI Swimsuit model Katie Austin took the opportunity to examine her personal growth over the past several years.

In a TikTok post, the 2022 co-Rookie of the Year wrote that while she feels like she grew up so much over the last three years, she still feels the same age.

“I started lockdown single partying 3x week, now I live with my boyfriend and we bought a house,” she wrote across the screen. “Nostalgic of who I used to be and my prime 20s, yet feel proud of how much I’ve evolved.”

Austin made her SI Swimsuit debut mid-pandemic in 2021. She was discovered during the brand’s Swim Search open casting call. A year later, she was named co-Rookie of the Year alongside her bestie, Christen Harper.

The certified fitness trainer also encouraged her 728,500 followers on the platform to do some self-reflection of their own.

“Think back to that day who you were when lockdown started,” she continued. “We’ve all changed in so many ways ❤️.”

Austin will return to the SI Swimsuit Issue for her third year in a row this spring. Check out some behind-the-scenes content from her 2023 photo shoot in the Dominican Republic 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.