You know her. You love her. Our next SI Swimsuit 2017 rookie is the great Mia Kang

Ruven Afanador

• Meet the 2017 SI Swimsuit Rookie Class: Kelly Gale | Lais Ribeiro | Myla Dalbesio | Vita Sidorkina | Danielle Herrington | Bianca Balti | Mia Kang

As you may know, Mia, the winner of our 2016 SI Swimsuit Model Search contest, grew up in Hong Kong, but considers herself to be a citizen of the world. Her mother is South Korean, while her father is British, giving our newest rookie a unique look and unparalleled beauty. 

Can't get enough of Mia? Meet her at the VIBES by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit festival in Houston! The two-day event at Post HTX kicks off on Feb. 17 with a food festival featuring favorites from top national and regional chefs along with a performance by R&B sensation Miguel. The fun continues on Saturday with a lineup of local Houston musicians and a headlining performance by Grammy Award-winning producer and DJ Diplo. BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

As for Mia, here are five things you might not know about our hottie from Hong Kong: 

1. If she wasn't a model, Mia would pursue a full-time career as a professional fighter. Between modeling gigs, Mia spends her time training in Thai boxing — she even moved in with a house of fighters for six months, after telling her agent she was just going on a 10-day vacation in Thailand. 

Back at @yodyutmuaythai with my trainer @firstt_yodyut 👊

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2. Her obsession with Pokemon is out of control. "Pokemon is my sh--," she told SI. "I not only still do it, but I thrive. I like to think that I'm up there in the world of Pokemon trainers." 

3. She's not afraid to share her struggles. Before she was a model, Mia struggled with anxiety, bulimia, anorexia and depression. Now she hopes to encourage her fans around the world by sharing her story and showing how a healthy lifestyle can transform you from the inside out. 

4. She's a badass wake surfer. Look, ma, no hands! 

The happiest girl in the world 🏄🏽

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5. She has freakish strength (and even if there's some trick photography here, she could legit kick your butt). 


BONUS: Experience a day in the life of Mia Kang!