SI Swimsuit model Myla Dalbesio appeared in four consecutive magazine issues, from her gorgeous beach debut with Ben Watts in Curaçao in 2017, to her most recent Western-themed feature with Ruven Afanador in Wyoming in 2020. Her rookie appearance was accompanied by a powerful essay about modern feminism and how posing for the franchise was a “liberating” experience.
In 2018, she double dipped for a photoshoot in Aruba and a powerful in-studio project titled “In Her Own Words” with photographer Taylor Ballantyne. The following year, the 36-year-old traveled to Kangaroo Island, Australia to model for Josie Clough.
"There have been so many [favorite SI Swimsuit moments]! The Maldives, Kangaroo Island, Seychelles, South Africa, Morocco. I could go on and on,” Dalbesio told the magazine of having a tough time choosing a favorite location. “I love to travel and see new places, so when a job takes me somewhere I’ve never been before, I’m so grateful. It’s extra special when it’s a place with a totally different culture and lifestyle. I like to step outside my box when I travel and expand my worldview. To be able to do it on a job is a huge bonus."
Dalbesio, who is married to Nathan Hageman, moved to New York City at the age of 18 to pursue modeling. Today she is a photographer, model and creative director, as well as the co-owner of the One & Only restaurant in Madison, Wis.
Below are five of our favorite photos from Dalbesio’s 2018 photoshoot with Yu Tsai in Aruba.
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