Two-time SI Swimsuit model Olivia Ponton keeps wowing the brand with each new feature. The influencer, who has amassed a total of 10.9 million followers across Instagram and TikTok, has built her brand around authentically sharing the good, bad and messy of being in your early 20s. The Florida native, who identifies as pansexual, has also regularly shares aspects of her own queer journey, and is an inspiration to the young LGBTQ+ community.
The New York City resident traveled to Montenegro with James Macari for her rookie SI Swimsuit photo shoot in 2022. The 21-year-old returned to the fold last year, when she worked with Amanda Pratt in the breathtaking island of Dominica.
“Through being a part of Sports Illustrated, I have been able to shoot with amazing photographers, travel to really cool places, and be a part of a really special community of women. I first started working with them when I was 18-years-old through TikTok, so I feel extremely honored that I was the first woman who they tapped into from that world,” the Alo Yoga and Victoria’s Secret PINK ambassador said. “At that young of age, it gave me the confidence boost to chase what I wanted and that is really what catapulted the start of my career. Shooting with their team has given me the confidence to chase my dreams. I am so thankful to be a part of the Sports Illustrated family.”
Below are six of our favorite pics from her SI Swimsuit feature in Dominica last year.