Gabriella Halikas, a 2021 Swim Search finalist, is the self-proclaimed CEO of confidence, and one look at her social media accounts explains why—she’s incredibly self-assured, and uses her platforms to help other people believe in themselves too.
Since her photoshoot with Yu Tsai in Atlantic City two years ago, the 26-year-old has gone on to land a contract with Ford Models and continues to spread her message of body positivity. She recently walked the Miami Swim Week runway and presented at the 2023 Streamy Awards.
When we chatted with Halikas earlier this year, she explained that inner confidence simply comes from being “unapologetically yourself.”
“My confidence comes from within and just being a good person and showing up every day as myself and giving back and helping others,” she stated. “I’m the most confident when I’m helping others feel more confident and love themselves.”
One of her most important confidence tips is to focus on what makes you the happiest and most content, rather than what the media dictates is currently “in” or culturally acceptable.
“Don’t listen to what the tabloids and the media say is what’s beautiful and what’s not, because at the end of the day, that comes from within,” she noted. “Really hone in on that inner confidence and don’t listen so much externally to what’s hot and what’s not, because our bodies should never be a trend.”
We can always count on Halikas for a boost, so we figured we’d throw it back to a few of our favorite looks from her SI Swimsuit photoshoot in Atlantic City, below.