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 curve model Michelle Vidal!
So #excited to #share this #fashion film with @si_swimsuit for the #siswimsearch #filmed and #photographed by @michaelwilliampaul in #miami we had an #incredible few days #creating #magic in the #infinite #skies and #ocean✨ #SIswim #SIswimsearch #Sportsillustrated #sportsillustratedswim #michellevidal #iammichellevidal #michaelwilliampaul #campaign #editorial #topmodel #fashion #celebrity #curvemodel #photoshoot #beautybeyondsize #embraceyourcurves
This gorgeous Miami native has been modeling for the last five years and loves nothing more than a day of shooting on the beach in a barely-there bikini or luxe one-piece. When Michelle isn't on the road for work, you can find her taking a challenging Pilates class or dreaming of another life as a musician!
Here's one of our favorite #SISwimSearch moments with Michelle:
This is where it allllll began.....❤️ This last week has been one of my most epic opportunities I have had in my entire life!! I STILL cannot believe that I have strutted the runway for @si_swimsuit for @miamiswimweek 2017, not once but twice..... AND shot for @si_swimsuit first-ever swimsuit line! Thank you to @MJ_day and all the staff at #SportsIllustratedSwim for being all so loving, caring, helpful, and making this such a wonderful experience. It was an experience that my self, along with all the beautiful and diverse girls that attended with me, will never forget!!!💋❤️
And here's a look at Michelle in our new SI Swimsuit-branded swimwear:
Enjoy some more photos of Michelle below, and be sure to keep coming back to Swim Daily to learn more about our #SISwimSearch Top 15!