Watch: Olivia Dunne Does Gymnastics on the Sand in BTS Footage of 2023 SI Swimsuit Photo Shoot in Puerto Rico

The NCAA athlete was photographed by Ben Watts for this year’s magazine.

Olivia Dunne was photographed by Ben Watts in Puerto Rico. 

Olivia Dunne is making a splash in this year’s 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue. The NCAA athlete traded her leotard for some cool and funky swimsuits and was photographed by Ben Watts in Puerto Rico.

The LSU gymnast had tons of fun while on location, attempting some impressive tricks and showing off her flexibility for the camera. Watts shared an adorable behind-the-scenes video of Dunne’s photo shoot. She shifted from one stunning pose to another, laughed a lot, waded along the shore, climbed several trees and flipped forward and backward in the sand.

@livvydunne x @si_swimsuit check out the new issue that just dropped….. shot on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico 🇵🇷,” he captioned the Instagram post. “@mj_day @margotzamet @anthonycristianosalon @bryanzaragoza_ @cindiblairproductions filmed on VHS 📼 by @jeff_sutera.”

The video, filmed by Jeff Sutera, was set to the sound of WHAM!’s “Club Tropicana.”

The New Jersey native said posing for SI Swimsuit was a dream come true and an experience she will never forget. She hopes her photos are inspiring for other young women who have multiple passions.

“When people look at my Sports Illustrated photos, I want them to take away that you can have the best of both worlds—and you can be a strong independent woman while doing it all,” she said. “You can be an athlete. You can be in school, and you can do modeling.”

Olivia Dunne was photographed by Ben Watts in Puerto Rico. Swimsuit by Sommer Swim.

Olivia Dunne was photographed by Ben Watts in Puerto Rico. Swimsuit by Sommer Swim.

View Olivia Dunne’s full 2023 SI Swimsuit gallery here.

Meet Olivia Dunne—read the 2023 SI Swimsuit model’s full feature profile here.

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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.