Workout and Wellness Leader Melissa Wood-Tepperberg on ‘Redefining Beauty at Every Age’

The 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie reflected on confidence at any stage of life.
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg.

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg is the founder of MWH, a proud mom of two and a 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie. She posed for this year’s publication in Dominica, where she worked with photographer Yu Tsai.

The 40-year-old certified yoga and Pilates instructor shared several images from this year’s full gallery on Instagram on May 31, alongside an inspirational caption about embracing beauty throughout the years.

“When you work on yourself from inside out, it shines from the depths of your soul. So no matter your age, you learn to confidently show up as who you truly are the more you embrace your uniqueness to it’s fullest,” Wood-Tepperberg wrote. “Here’s to redefining beauty at every age - because we are all so beautifully unique in our own damn way.”

In the first photo, Wood-Tepperberg wore a string bikini by Lybethras Swimwear and accessorized with a body chain by KBH Jewels. She donned a brown-and-green crochet two-piece by Akoia Swim and a shrug by Natalia Fedner in another. Wood-Tepperberg also rocked a flowy bikini set by Andi Bagus, a floral number by Ema Savahl Couture and several additional beachside looks.

Plenty of her one million followers on the platform chimed in to the comments section with positive feedback.

“Wowwwww! 🔥😍,” Victoria Justice applauded.

“I never want these to end,” Jenny Mollen added.

“GOSHHH, u make me wanna become 40 today!!! 🔥🔥,” Claire Rose Cliteur quipped.

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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.