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Wellness Entrepreneur Melissa Wood-Tepperberg Channeled Her Inner Mother Nature in Dominica

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica. <p>Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated</p>
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica.

Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Workout and wellness leader Melissa Wood-Tepperberg founded her MWH platform in 2015, and it really started to flourish with the popularity of at-home exercise during the pandemic. Today, the certified yoga and Pilates instructor has grown her company to be a digital space home to hundreds of workouts, meditations, nutritional recipes and lifestyle tips, and aims to make mindful health and wellness accessible to all.

The New York native was featured as a rookie in the 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue. The 41-year-old model and mom of two, who shares kids Ben and Elanor with husband Noah Tepperberg, was photographed by Yu Tsai on the breathtaking beaches of Dominica, where she channeled the most stunning and ethereal mermaid vibes.

“I am the most confident now that I’ve ever been in my entire life. So it just shows, embrace age. I would tell any young girl who thinks 40 is old that it just keeps getting better, and it really is because you just become more of who you are,” the Move With Heart podcast host said about posing for the magazine right after her milestone birthday. “You become more comfortable in your own skin, and it’s also really taught me that age is really just a number and not to grasp or grip it too tightly. There’s just so much beauty in the becoming of getting older and wiser and more confident in your own skin.”

Below are six jaw-dropping photos of the model’s SI Swimsuit feature in Dominica.

<p>Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated</p><p>Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica. Swimsuit by Andi Bagus. Bracelets: Viktoria Hayman Jewelry. </p>

Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica. Swimsuit by Andi Bagus. Bracelets: Viktoria Hayman Jewelry.

<p>Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated</p><p>Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica. Swimsuit by Lybethras Swimwear. Body Chain by KBH Jewels. </p>

Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica. Swimsuit by Lybethras Swimwear. Body Chain by KBH Jewels.

<p>Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated</p><p>Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica. Swimsuit by NATASHA TONIĆ.</p>

Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica. Swimsuit by NATASHA TONIĆ.

<p>Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated</p><p>Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica. Swimsuit by Akoia Swim. Shrug by: Natalia Fedner. </p>

Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica. Swimsuit by Akoia Swim. Shrug by: Natalia Fedner.

<p>Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated</p><p>Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica. Swimsuit by Nicole McLaughlin.</p>

Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica. Swimsuit by Nicole McLaughlin.

<p>Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated</p><p>Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica. Swimsuit by Andi Bagus. </p>

Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg was photographed by Yu Tsai in Dominica. Swimsuit by Andi Bagus.

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