SI Swimsuit Family Reacts to Angel Reese Being Featured in the 2023 Issue

The LSU forward appears in this month’s annual publication.

Angel Reese was photographed by Yu Tsai in Los Angeles. 

Angel Reese is starting her 21st year with a bang. The star forward, who led LSU to the school’s first NCAA women’s basketball championship last month, celebrated her milestone birthday on Saturday. Today, she was announced as the newest 2023 SI Swimsuit model

Reese, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, was photographed by Yu Tsai in Los Angeles. She has had an incredible year so far, and her feature with the magazine is just a bonus.

“Having so many people come back to me and say, ‘You guys have changed the game. You guys have been a part of history,’ I embraced that,” she said about the team’s win and her viral moment during the tournament. “Just being able to be a part of this has just been amazing for me this year, and it’s been a blessing.”

The Bayou Barbie revealed that she feels most comfortable in a bikini and is proud of her body. She also said she gets her confidence from her mom, also named Angel.

“I’ve always stood on not getting the answer no,” she explains. “I’ve always just tried to find another way or just do it myself. Don’t ever let somebody tell you that you have to be in a box and stand your ground.”

When SI Swimsuit announced the news in a joint Instagram post with the college athlete, tons of fans and fellow models ran to the comments with excitement.

“OK LOUISIANA IS DEFINITELY IN THE HOUSE!!!! This makes me so HAPPYYYY 🐊,” Baton Rouge native and 2023 SI Swimsuit model Brooks Nader gushed. “Does this mean we get have a crawfish boil @ launch?!? 🦞 💜 💛”

“Ok queen!!! Congrats!!!” Jennifer Atilémile complimented.

“Hell yeah🔥🔥,” wrote Katie Austin.

“STUNNERRRRR 🔥🔥,” added Sixtine Rouyre.

“GEAUX Tigers!!!!! Let's Go!!!! 🙌🙌🙌,” chirped Swim Search finalist Sharina Guttierez.

Meet Angel Reese—read the 2023 SI Swimsuit model’s full feature profile here.

Get ready for the hottest event of the year! The 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue is just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss the Swimsuit Issue Launch Party. Secure your tickets now and join us for an unforgettable weekend of glamour, beauty and fun.

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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.