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Former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo 2018 Sports Illustrated Rookie
19 Jan 2018

Former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo 2018 Sports Illustrated Rookie

From casting calls to final 3, Olivia Culpo is making headlines as a 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit rookie.

Olivia Culpo is not only known for her title as Miss Universe 2012, she is also an actress,, fashion influencer and now a 2018 SI rookie.

Olivia Culpo has us thinking... what CAN'T she do??

According to Sports Illustrated, Olivia expressed her joy of being chosen as an SI Swimsuit rookie:

"I am honored to be in such great company with such an iconic brand. This was a major goal of mine because many of the women that have posed for SI have gone on to have such inspirational careers. I feel so blessed that this goal is becoming a reality and it shows me that hard work and positive intentions can lead to something amazing."

Refinery29 interviewed Oliva and asked her more about
her journey to becoming an SI rookie: 

Refinery29: What's it like to be on such a platform that's refocused their commitment to empowering women?

Olivia Culpo: "For me, Sports Illustrated has always represented such an iconic brand. It really is an environment of women who support one another. Even at the shoot, we had an all-female production, including the photographer. It was so comfortable and it really felt like we had each other's best interests. Sailor Brinkley Cook was doing behind-the-scenes video, too! You could really feel the community behind Sports Illustrated that helped us empower one another."

Refinery29: What have you learned from being Miss Universe to now that makes you a good Rookie?

Olivia Culpo: "I can't tell you why they chose me, but I can say I'm excited about it. This represents so many women before me who've been a Rookie and are still Sports Illustrated stars today who have such great, inspiring careers. They're so much more than just pretty faces: they're business moguls, fashion designers, etc. Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Kathy Ireland — they're all women who've gone on to do so much more with their platforms. And because of that, it's been a huge goal for me."
 
Congratulations on such an incredible achievement, Oliva!