Nina Cash Joins SI Swimsuit for 60th Anniversary Issue

The Swim Search co-winner was photographed in Portugal for next year’s magazine.
Nina Cash

Nina Cash was photographed by Ben Watts in Porto and North of Portugal. Swimsuit top by Natalia Fedner and bottoms by Hunza G.

Nina Cash, co-winner of the 2023 Swim Search, just wrapped up her rookie photoshoot for the 60th anniversary SI Swimsuit Issue in Porto and the North, Portugal.

While on location with the brand, the 57-year-old opened up about everything from her open casting call experience to her 30-year career in education and workforce development. Cash, who retired last year, calls her recent modeling work her “encore career.”

“This whole experience has just been nothing but magic to me. It’s been magical,” Cash said of her work with SI Swimsuit thus far. “I’ve said this a gazillion times and I will keep saying it because it’s truly a way to express how I’m feeling, but I feel like a child the night before Christmas and it’s like, now it’s Christmas day today and I’m opening up all my presents and I’m filled with such happiness and gratitude and excitement. It’s just, it’s been wonderful.”

The Long Beach, Calif., native, who started going gray in her mid-20s, hopes that her photos in the 2024 SI Swimsuit Issue will inspire other women to continue to reach for their dreams, no matter their age or stage in life.

“It’s wonderful that SI is helping me and partnering with me to bring a voice to women like myself who otherwise would have thought this never could have happened,” she added. “I just want other women to know that you can achieve your dreams, and it’s never too late.”

Read more about Cash’s rookie photoshoot in Portugal 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.