SI Swim Legend Carol Alt Felt Like a ‘Proud Big Sister’ During Miami Swim Week

The model-actress walked the runway at the W South Beach on July 7 alongside fellow brand icons.
Carol Alt.

Carol Alt.

The SI Swimsuit runway show at the W Hotel for Miami Swim week was exciting enough on July 7, but Carol Alt, Samantha Hoopes, Roshumba Williams, Vendela Kirsebom and Elsa Benitez closing the show was really the icing on the cake.

Alt, a brand legend, has been featured in seven different SI Swimsuit Issues over the years, including the cover of the magazine in 1982, just one year after her debut. On July 13, the 62-year-old model reflected on the runway show on Instagram.

“I was filled with excitement as I caught sight of the girls I knew - @roshumbaw, @vendelaofficial, and @elsabenitezofficial,” she wrote. “But my joy multiplied when I met all the new girls. They were absolutely delightful, and I felt like a proud big sister.”

Alt also shouted out SI Swimsuit editor in chief MJ Day for selecting such “incredible” individuals to represent the brand.

“You made this entire experience truly unforgettable, and for that, I am immensely grateful,” she added.

When the model and actress hit the runway, she rocked a white button-up one-piece swimsuit with a sheer sarong, as well as a blue bikini by Kirsebom’s brand, Vendela Wear, with a purple cut-out dress as a cover-up.

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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.