Ben Watts’s Instagram account just dropped the best surprise: more behind the scenes SI Swimsuit photoshoot film pics. The photographer, who captured LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne on the breathtaking beaches of Puerto Rico earlier this year, shared some stunning, unseen, grainy vintage photos from the feature on social media on Tuesday.
The New Jersey native donned a selection of moody and edgy bikinis and one-pieces, featuring darker colors and a grungy British punk school girl style, loosely inspired by a modern day Wednesday Addams. She wore a charcoal gray two-piece from Entire Studios, featuring tons of cut-outs and shoulder pads, in the two exclusive pics that Watts shared on Oct. 23.
“Film 🎞️ Bts wiv @livvydunne x @si_swimsuit @mj_day @margotzamet @bryanzaragoza_ @anthonycristianosalon @cindiblairproductions #puertorico #benwatts #film #kodak,” he captioned the photo and tagged editor in chief MJ Day, fashion editor Margot Zamet, and the hair and makeup team, including Anthony Cristiano and Bryan Zaragoza.
The 21-year-old stood on the shore and was photographed from her hips up in the first snap, as she looked off into the distance and flaunted her perfect side profile. In the next pic, the TikTok star sat on her knees and showed off her bold smolder and super toned figure to the camera.
“The best 👏,” Dunne, who is the highest-paid female college athlete in the country, commented on the post.
View her full 2023 gallery here.
“When people look at my Sports Illustrated photos, I want them to take away that you can have the best of both worlds—and you can be a strong independent woman while doing it all,” Dunne said about the impact she hopes her SI Swimsuit feature will have. “You can be an athlete, you can be in school and you can do modeling. There’s a lot of young girls that look up to me and I feel like a lot of young girls also follow Sports Illustrated. So both of our brands align because we want to inspire the younger generation.”