She traveled to Puerto Rico with photographer Derek Kettela for a unique, denim-inspired photoshoot that had her posing in the most fabulous washed blue swimsuits. The Australian-French model made the most of the experience, too. While far from her first modeling experience—she began her career at 25, and soon after became Victoria’s Secret’s first Australian curve model—it was a momentous one for her.
“I remember leaving the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit launch and crying. After decompressing, I know I was crying because I was overwhelmed and exhausted, but also because I had done it,” she said of the experience and subsequent issue launch party in May. “Every model searches for a defining moment in their career, and for me this is certainly one of those moments. When I left Australia in 2017 to chase my delusional dreams this was always a goal of mine. This achievement represents resilience, hard work, and self love.”
She had every right to be proud of herself, too. It was hard work that brought her to the set of her rookie feature, and it is her talent that comes across in the stunning photos from the trip. And her positive response to the opportunity was just as inspiring.
“[I’m] grateful for everyone who keeps me going, and grateful that I think, I’ve remained authentic to myself,” she continued in the caption. “I said in my interview for SI that being unique is truly powerful, there is only one you so let it shine for all the world to see. Ty for allowing me to shine.”
And shine she certainly did. Below are just a few examples of her beautiful photos from Puerto Rico, featured in the 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue.