6 Photos of Influencer, Designer and Businesswoman Natalie Mariduena in Belize

The SI Swimsuit model appeared in back-to-back issues in 2021 and ’22.

Natalie Mariduena was photographed by Yu Tsai in Belize. 

Social media influencer Natalie Mariduena made her SI Swimsuit debut in 2021 with James Macari in Hollywood, Fla., and returned to the issue the following year to be photographed by Yu Tsai in Belize. 

The 26-year-old is the president of David Dobrik LLC and was formerly the assistant to the famous YouTube star. The Chicago native and Los Angeles resident launched her clothing line, Eladay, earlier this year.

“I got into Sports Illustrated through Instagram. They ran a poll along the lines of, ‘What Insta-baddie do you want to see in our next issue?’ My audience voted for me, and I ended up winning that poll,” the model recalled. “It was the most surreal experience. I had never done any sort of editorial photo shoot, let alone with 20-plus people. But it was extremely empowering, and it made me feel like the coolest, baddest girl on the block. It was an awesome experience.”

Below are six of our favorite photos from Mariduena’s sophomore SI Swimsuit photo shoot.


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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.