Swim Search Finalist Jena Sims Shares How Pregnancy Is ‘Fueling’ Her Ambitions

The mom-to-be strutted the Miami Swim Week runway on Friday.
Jena Sims.

Jena Sims.

Jena Sims, a top seven finalist in this year’s open casting call, walked the SI Swimsuit runway during Miami Swim Week on Friday at the W South Beach.

The 34-year-old entrepreneur and Swim Search contestant, who is currently expecting a baby boy with her husband, pro golfer Brooks Koepka, shared photo and video content from the event on Instagram a few days later. She strutted the runway in a custom cropped T-shirt that read “Currently Growing a Pair” and a green string bikini by Minimale Animale. 

“It takes courage to walk the runway 7 months pregnant. Working for my lifelong dream brand, having no control over my body was terrifying yet the biggest blessing,” Sims wrote in her caption. “I was never alone up there. Pregnancy is not slowing my ambitions, it’s fueling them. I am so proud of myself and what my body is accomplishing.”

Plenty of Sim’s 279,000 IG followers piped in to the comments section to cheer her on.

“So good mama❤️❤️❤️,” 2023 SI Swimsuit cover girl Brooks Nader wrote.

“❤️❤️❤️❤️🔥🔥🔥 damn straight!!” Koepka chimed. “That’s my girl!”

“Ahhh I love this and love u ❤️,” DJ XANDRA added.

“You inspire us,” Jeff Lee applauded. “Wish the world could see what a fighter you are…oh wait they JUST DID. ❤️👏 to the 🌙.”

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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.