From rookie to veteran! Former NFL cheerleader Camille Kostek shows off her curves in a TINY bikini as she poses for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit – a year after landing the magazine’s cover
- Camille, 28, was photographed at Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences in Las Terrenas, a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, for the issue
- In one sultry shot, the smiling blonde can be seen kneeling in wet sand while wearing a tiny hunter green bikini with barely-there string bottoms
- Camille said she will be ‘forever grateful’ to have been chosen by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit to be a face that represents the brand
- The longtime girlfriend of NFL star Rob Gronkowski scored her own cover of the 2019 issue as a rookie after winning a model search contest the year before
Camille Kostek has returned to the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue with another sizzling spread a year after she scored her first cover as a rookie model.
The 28-year-old former NFL cheerleader and longtime girlfriend of newly appointed Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski shows off her curves in skimpy bikinis and high-fashion swimsuits in the 2020 edition of the iconic magazine, which dropped on Tuesday.
Camille, who is officially an SI Swimsuit veteran, was photographed at Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences in Las Terrenas, a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic.
She’s back! Camille Kostek, 28, struck a pose for the 2020 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue wearing a tiny green bikini with barely-there string bottoms
In one sultry shot, the smiling blonde can be seen kneeling in wet sand while wearing a tiny hunter green bikini with barely-there string bottoms that highlight her toned thighs.
SI Swimsuit posted the image on Instagram last week to tease the upcoming issue, and the captioned features quotes from Camille about what modeling for the magazine means to her.
‘For me, becoming a woman to represent the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is my version of the dream job,’ she said. ‘I didn’t grow up wanting to be a model. I did when I saw the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue for the first time in 2008 that instilled the dream of wanting to be a model for THEM specifically.
‘I have been so impressed and drawn to who and what they have represented over the years and they continue to inspire me to this day,’ she continued. ‘They embody inclusivity, breaking molds, being bold, highlighting our passions, and honoring our purpose that go beyond posing for the magazine. This brand is IT.
Shoot: The former cheereleader was photographed at Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences in Las Terrenas, a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic
Memories: Camille shared behind-the-scenes photos of her SI Swimsuit shoot back in February, a month before the coronavirus pandemic rocked the world
High-fashion: In one behind-the-scenes shot, the model can be seen wearing a funky tie-dye swimsuit on the beach
‘The people that make up their team, to the models that grace the pages, it all aligns and I am forever grateful to have been accepted by them to be a face that represents their brand. I will treasure being a part of this movement for life.’
Back in February, about a month before the world would be rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, Camille shared behind-the-scenes videos and photos of herself on set in Las Terrenas to announce that she would be featured in the 2020 issue.
‘My happy place on a beach in a bikini and BACK WITH MY SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT FAMILY !!!!’ she captioned footage of herself modeling a colorful crocheted bikini. ‘So excited to announce I’ll be in @si_swimsuit 2020!!!
‘I live for the feeling that shooting for this magazine brings me, the people it has brought into my life and the journey life took me on to get to this point.’
Other images from the shoot show her wearing a funky tie-dye long-sleeve crop top and matching bikini bottoms while posing on the beach and in the water on a paddleboard.
Sporty: The blonde beauty also struck a pose on a paddleboard during the shoot
Strike a pose: Camille had plenty of swimsuit changes while on location for the 2020 issue
Ready to go: Camille shared Polaroids from her SI Swimsuit fitting ahead of the beachside shoot
The day before the new issue was released, Camille shared her sultry Class of 2019 rookie photo to celebrate, writing: ‘Rookie Year has come to a close and the 2020 issue drops TUESDAY JULY 21st !!!!! Officially a Vet.’
Camille was guaranteed a spot in the 2019 issue as a member of the rookie class after winning SI Swimsuit’s 2018 model search.
She starred on one of three covers that were released by the magazine last year, sharing the spotlight with Sports Illustrated icon Tyra Banks and soccer star Alex Morgan.
Camille, who was born and raised in Killingworth, Connecticut, started out as a New England Patriots cheerleader, but she was clearly meant to be a model.
A year after she made the squad as a college student, she landed the cover of the New England Patriots Cheerleaders 2014 swimsuit calendar shoot.
Looking back: The day before the new issue was released, Camille shared her sultry Class of 2019 rookie photo to celebrate, writing: ‘Officially a Vet’
Success: Camille, pictured in May 2019, scored her own cover of the 2019 issue as a rookie after winning a model search contest the year before
Support system: The former NFL cheerleader is the longtime girlfriend of newly appointed Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (pictured last year)
After resigning from the New England Patriots Cheerleaders, she signed with her first modeling agency in Boston in 2015, the same year she started dating Rob.
A few years later, she was modeling for Reebok and Jessie James Decker’s fashion line Kittenish, but when she moved to Los Angeles to find an agent in 2017, she was told she wasn’t tall or thin enough to book work.
Camille decided to enter Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s first-ever model search contest last year with an audition tape detailing her experiences.
‘Confidence is sexy. That’s what Sports Illustrated Swim stands for. They have this movement where you can just be beautiful no matter what shape, what size, your height, your body type, your ethnicity … They represent it all. And I want to be a part of that,’ she said.
Camille beat out more than 5,000 contestants and was named a winner of the model search last March before traveling to Belize for her first shoot with the magazine.
Trio: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit unveiled three cover stars for its 2020 issue: Kate Bock, Jasmine Sanders, and Olivia Culpo
Super star: In addition to the group shot, they each got their own cover for the publication, with Olivia, 28, posing for hers in a teeny white bikini and a clear jacket
Winning the contest also guaranteed her a spot in the 2019 issue as a rookie, and her modeling skills are so impressive that she ended up landing one of last year’s highly-coveted cover spots.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit made a splash last week with its cover reveal for the 2020 issue, unveiling not one, not two, but three stars posing on the front of the magazine.
Olivia Culpo, Kate Bock, and Jasmine Sanders were thrust into the spotlight when the publication revealed four different covers for its newest issue: a group shot with the trio, as well as individual covers for each of the three women.
Speaking about the decision to feature three women on the cover of this year’s issue, SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day told DailyMail.com in a statement that the models were all chosen because of their individuality, unique achievements, shared ambitions, and goals.
‘These three women that make up the 2020 cover are inherently unique in many ways, but a solidarity exists among them in terms of their ambitions, goals, and what they stand for,’ she said.
Strike a pose: Influencer Jasmine, 29, who is known as Golden Barbie on Instagram, looked stunning in a white high-waisted bikini as she posed for her cover on a beach in Bali
Seasoned expert: Kate, 27, made her debut in the publication back in 2013, when she was named Rookie of the Year, and she has since made numerous appearances in SI Swimsuit
‘These women are limitless, unstoppable, and collectively represent the next wave of moguls to come out of the franchise.’
MJ also praised Olivia, Kate, and Jasmine for their individual successes, complimenting each woman on her personal achievements — both within the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit franchise and beyond.
‘Jasmine has single-handedly built an amazing career for herself with sheer determination and focus, and is now using her well-established social media platforms to advocate for social justice,’ she said.
‘Olivia is a multi-faceted businesswoman who most recently created MoreThanAMask, a line of fashion masks created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Feeding America,’ she continued.
‘This year marks Kate’s eighth appearance in the issue. Beyond her extensive work as an advocate for mental health and wellness, she has played a pivotal role as a creative and business-savvy collaborator for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit brand.’