See the diverse finalists for ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit’s open casting – USA TODAY
Who needs a modeling agent when you have Instagram! Sports Illustrated is using social media to cast their next swimsuit model.
You don’t need to be signed to a modeling agency or have a size-0 bodÂ to be the nextÂ Sports Illustrated SwimsuitÂ model. All you need is Instagram.
After welcoming its first plus-size model in 2015Â and putting Ashley Graham and Ronda Rousey on the cover of its 2016 issue,Â SIÂ is looking to feature a woman from outside the modeling industry. The magazine asked for video submissions on Instagram at the end of March, and invitedÂ 35 diverse finalists (out of 5,000) to New York for a second round of interviews. The winner will be featured in the pages of the legendary swim issue.
Here are a few of the top submissions still in the running:
Aubrie Ebony, a student from Chicago who’s showing off her natural hair.
Michelle Vidal, a self-described “curve model” of Cuban and Venezuelan descent.
Tabria Majors of The Thick podcast.
Stefanie Rachel, who shared a candid video and lists Miami and Tel Aviv in her Instagram profile.
Julia Rose, a Southern girl who played softball in college.
Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015 from Oklahoma.
Curvy darling Sarina Nowak.
SI SwimsuitÂ editor MJ DayÂ said in a statementÂ that sheÂ is looking to find “an undiscovered star” from the Instagram submissions.
“We decided to hold an open casting call this year because, while we cast the bulk of our models through the traditional avenues of modeling agency submissions, it is very clear to us that there are plenty of exceptionally interesting and beautiful women in the world that exist outside of ‘industry “expectations.’
The Sports Illustrated SwimsuitÂ edition typically publishes in February.