Olivia Ponton is absolutely thriving in her modeling career. The Florida native posed for her rookie SI Swimsuit photoshoot in Montenegro with photographer James Macari in Montenegro last year. She returned to the fold for the 2023 issue, and was captured by Amanda Pratt amongst the breathtaking natural landscapes of Dominica.
Additionally, she created a line with American Eagle (and posed in her own promo content), regularly stars in Victoria’s Secret PINK campaigns, and has worked with other major retailers including SKIMS, Frankies Bikinis, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and more. But, the social media influencer’s favorite part of her job is creating change for and having an impact on the young LGBTQ community.
The TikTok star, who has racked up 7.8 million followers on the video-based platform, lets fans into her daily life on the regular. The 21-year-old candidly shows off the highs (such as exotic travel and modeling gigs) as well as the messiness (including hungover mornings and dating in your 20s), but she always keeps it real.
“I post my life and show up online how I am every day. If I have a bad day, I talk about it. If I have the best day, I also talk about it. I think that has led to me fostering a really close community online and has given people something that they can hopefully connect to,” the two-time SI Swimsuit model, who identifies as pansexual, said. “I am so blessed to have built a family of like-minded people around me who support everyone for who they are. Being a part of a community that is so accepting truly is an amazing feeling and brings so much joy to my life.”
Below are five of our favorite photos form Ponton’s photoshoot from the 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue.