Paralympic Gold Medalist Brenna Huckaby Rocks Bikini, Shares 10 Body Acceptance Tools

The 2018 SI Swimsuit Issue model and mom shared her favorite methods for practicing self-love on Instagram.
Brenna Huckaby

Brenna Huckaby.

Pro snowboarder Brenna Huckaby regularly uses her social platforms to uplift others with messages of body positivity and self-love. On May 1, the one-time SI Swimsuit model shared a trio of mirror selfies rocking a navy blue swimsuit—and offered some important and inspiring thoughts in the caption.

“2014 Brenna would be shocked to know we don’t wear shorts with our swimsuit anymore 🫣,” Huckaby, who posed for the magazine in 2018, wrote. She went on to add that after her right leg was amputated (as a result of rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma) and experiencing other changes in her body, she was sometimes uncomfortable in her own skin.

“It took me years to get to a place where I could confidently show up as myself, swimsuit bottoms and all,” the mom of two admitted. “And, to be honest, I still have moments of insecurity today. However, I now have tools that allow me to move through body insecurity and into body acceptance and positivity.”

Huckaby, 27, then listed the top 10 methods she uses to accept her body on a regular basis, including: “Write a love letter to yourself,” “List out your proudest accomplishments,” “Dance like no one is watching!” and more.

Plenty of Huckaby’s 117,000 IG followers thanked her for her honesty and vulnerability in the comments.

“Awesome,” one person stated. “Being a prosthetist, I love success stories like yourself. You are an inspiration!! 🙌.”

“👏💪❤️ this post is so powerful!” someone else added.

“My role model I love you I’m trying all these tips,” another fan wrote.

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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.