9 Gorgeous Photos From Duckie Thot’s Idyllic SI Swim Photoshoot in Montenegro

Duckie Thot was photographed by James Macari in Montenegro.<p>James Macari/Sports Illustrated</p>
Duckie Thot was photographed by James Macari in Montenegro.

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Well-known as the face of Fenty Beauty, South Sudanese model Duckie Thot is a seasoned fashion model with experience on the Victoria’s Secret and Valentino runways. In 2022, she added SI Swimsuit to her resume, making her debut in Montenegro.

When it came to the model’s mentality, she was clearly ready for her rookie experience with the issue. “I think it’s just [about] finding a groove with all the looks and just having fun with it,” she explained on set of the photoshoot. And she was definitely having fun, posing around the island in a variety of idyllic locations, from the prow of a boat to the beach.

Though Thot already had an extensive modeling resume prior to her SI Swim debut, she still had her eyes on the brand. “Sports Illustrated has always been on my list,” she said. “So, I’m so glad I get to kick it off and to be able to [do it].”

The photos from the 27-year-old’s photoshoot were absolutely worth the model’s wait for the feature—and she had a blast while doing it. “Today was amazing, I had such a great day. I just can’t believe it—I can’t believe we’re done after my first SI rookie shoot.”

“That’s a wrap. I’m officially an SI rookie,” she added. Thot definitely made a splash in her rookie feature, earning a spot the following year in the 2023 issue. Below are nine of the fabulous photos from her first year in Montenegro.

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Duckie Thot was photographed by James Macari in Montenegro. Swimsuit by Andi Bagus. Top by Zara.

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James Macari/Sports Illustrated

Duckie Thot was photographed by James Macari in Montenegro. Swimsuit by Porte de Bras.

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James Macari/Sports Illustrated

Duckie Thot was photographed by James Macari in Montenegro. Swimsuit by Tropic of C. Earrings by Free People. Bracelets provided by New York Vintage.

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James Macari/Sports Illustrated

Duckie Thot was photographed by James Macari in Montenegro. Swimsuit by Vitamin A. Necklace by Free People. Ring by IceLink.

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James Macari/Sports Illustrated

Duckie Thot was photographed by James Macari in Montenegro. Bottom by OOKIOH. Top by AYA Label. Earrings by IPPOLITA.

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James Macari/Sports Illustrated

Duckie Thot was photographed by James Macari in Montenegro. Swimsuit by Heavy Manners. Earrings by Casa Clara. Bracelet provided by New York Vintage.

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James Macari/Sports Illustrated

Duckie Thot was photographed by James Macari in Montenegro. Swimsuit by Nessy Swim. Bracelets provided by New York Vintage.

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James Macari/Sports Illustrated

Duckie Thot was photographed by James Macari in Montenegro. Swimsuit by Vitamin A. Necklace by Free People. Ring by IceLink.

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James Macari/Sports Illustrated

Duckie Thot was photographed by James Macari in Montenegro. Swimsuit by Swim Like A Mermaid. Bracelet by SOKO.

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