We Will Never Forget Yumi Nu’s 2022 SI Swimsuit Cover Photo Shoot

The three-time brand model landed on the front of last year’s issue and became the first plus-size Asian woman to do so.
Yumi Nu was photographed by James Macari in Montenegro.

Yumi Nu was photographed by James Macari in Montenegro.

Yumi Nu made her SI Swimsuit debut in 2021, landed on the front of last year’s issue and totally nailed her latest photo shoot with photographer Amanda Pratt in Dominica.

The model-musician made history in April 2022 as the first plus-size model to be featured on the cover of Vogue Japan. As a woman of Japanese and Dutch descent, it was a lifelong dream come true and a major milestone for Nu and her community.

“Japanese culture values being skinny, dainty and small,” Nu wrote in an essay last year. “So for me to be on the cover of Vogue Japan meant being seen and being honored by a culture that often makes people with bigger bodies like mine feel invisible.” 

The 26-year-old is also the founder of Blueki, a clothing brand focused on ethically sourced and timeless plus-size apparel. 

Below are six of our favorite photos from Nu’s cover photo shoot in Montenegro last year with photographer James Macari.


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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.