Vendela Kirsebom Recreates Iconic 1993 Cover Pose on the Runway at Miami Swim Week 30 Years Later

The legendary model walked the runway on Friday at the W South Beach.
Vendela Kirsebom.

Vendela Kirsebom.

Vendela Kirsebom, an icon of the SI Swimsuit brand, made a surprise appearance on the runway for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show at Miami Swim Week on Friday, July 7. Not only did the 56-year-old Norwegian-Swedish model wear her own line, Vendela Wear, she also struck a familiar-looking pose at the end of the catwalk.

Kirsebom first posed for the SI Swimsuit Issue in 1992 and landed the cover of the magazine one year later after her photo shoot in the Florida Keys with Paolo Curto. As she reached the end of the runway at the W South Beach during Friday’s show, Kirsebom reached her arms above her head with her hands in her hair and popped her hip, perfectly recreating her legendary magazine cover from the early 1990s.

Vendela Kirsebom on the Miami Swim Week runway in 2023 and on the cover of the 1993 SI Swimsuit Issue.

Vendela Kirsebom on the Miami Swim Week runway in 2023 and on the cover of the 1993 SI Swimsuit Issue.

She shared the moment on Instagram a day later alongside a sweet message. “30 years since my first cover on @mj_day now in my own swimwear👙🤸 ♀️,” she wrote. “Thank you @si_swimsuit, for an unforgettable evening❤️ I will never forget this💗.”

“Love and hugs to my Sports Illustrated swim shoot mate from the 90’s 😍,” Roshumba Williams commented. She also walked the runway on Friday along with Kirsebom and fellow legends Carol Alt, Samantha Hoopes and Elsa Benitez.

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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.