Olivia Culpo’s Glow Up From Her Youth to SI Swimsuit Cover Model

The influencer made her magazine debut in 2018 and landed the cover two years later.
Olivia Culpo

Olivia Culpo.

Even SI Swimsuit models come from humble beginnings. Olivia Culpo shared a recent TikTok in which she poked fun at her childhood years before she was crowned Miss Universe and graced the cover of the SI Swimsuit Issue.

In the clip, Culpo offered up two photos of herself from her youth side by side. The snaps showed her making a goofy face in one and grinning in another. She used the platform’s filter with actor Finn Wolfhard snapping his fingers to transition to her present-day self. Two pics of the 30-year-old model appeared on screen from her 2019 SI Swimsuit photo shoot in Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

In one snap, Culpo wore a sheer white bikini by OW Intimates that showed off her toned abs. In the other, the social media personality modeled a black mesh one-piece swimsuit by Haus of Pink Lemonaid.

“Oh my lanta,” The Culpo Sisters star wrote in her caption.

When someone accused her of going under the knife for plastic surgery, Culpo candidly responded, “[I’ve] never had plastic surgery but nothing against anyone who does.”

“Incredibly beautiful!! 🤩🤩🤩,” gushed another person.

Culpo followed up her video with another take on the TikTok trend. She shared a clip with a photo of herself with text over the top that read, “POV: depressed/unable to keep on weight/convinced I’ll never find a guy who won’t cheat lie and betray.”

The clip then cut to the model cuddled up with her partner, 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey, who grinned at her in the snapshot. “The way he’s smiling 🥺,” read the screen.

Culpo added some thoughtful words in her caption, writing, “Never settle and pray for what you deserve I promise it works ❤️🙏🏼.”

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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.