It's that time of year again! SI Swimsuit Casting Call season is upon us, and you're in for a real treat.
For the first time ever, we held an open casting call to find our next big star. After receiving thousands of Instagram submissions from women around the world, we invited 35 finalists to SI's Brooklyn offices for an in-person interview and photo shoot. From there, it wasn't easy, but we narrowed down the list our Top 15, who made history during Miami Swim Week as they walked the runway in SI's first branded swimwear show.
So how about we get to know your Top 15 a little better? First up is TK Kayla Fitzgerald!
If I didn't try, I would kick myself in the 🍑 .. so here's my submission video for the open casting call for the next edition of @si_swimsuit magazine! 🙏🙏Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes so let's continue to break the mold and accept all kinds of models into the industry! #beautybeyondsize Thank you for helping me create this vision @drewdaileyimages yimages you're the best ❤️❤️ also thank you @beachbabeswimwear for my cute bikinis 😘 I really hope to meet you soon in NYC, SI @mj_day !!!! #siswimsearch #si #sportsillustratedswimsuit #sportsillustrated #kaylafitz #bikini
Kayla's just a small-town girl from Clermont, Florida, who's now based in sunny California so she can pursue her dream of becoming a supermodel. As a petite model, Kayla is hoping to use her platform to help shorter and smaller women around the world to embrace their natural beauty, too! Talk about a girl after our own heart.
Here's one of our favorite moments with Kayla from Miami Swim Week:
And here's a look at Kayla in our new SI Swimsuit-branded swimwear:
Enjoy some more photos of Kayla below, and be sure to keep coming back to Swim Daily to learn more about our #SISwimSearch Top 15!