Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Samantha Hoopes returns for the sixth time, talks celebrating her latest achievement while expecting new baby. Samantha Hoopes is back for her sixth Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photo shoot but she has plenty of other reasons to celebrate these days.
It was there where they candidly shared their experiences posing in the sizzling issue. Hoopes spoke to Fox News about the shocking reaction she received from followers after her pregnancy announcement, her relationship with fans and embracing her curves. Fox News: This is your sixth year in Sports Illustrated.
With such a massive following, how do you cope with critics on social media? Samantha Hoopes: I block all the trolls on social media. If I type something out of anger, I just end up in a text fight and what good is that going to do?
I just block and move on. Fox News: Were you ever worried that being pregnant could jeopardize your modeling career? That took a while to adjust. I was my own stylist this year which is big because I have no style. But really, pregnancy is so beautiful.
We have the capability to do that and I'm just in awe of it all. Fox News: How has Sports illustrated embraced your body? Hoopes: The magazine has never told me that I needed to be anything other than myself. From day one, when I showed up and had no idea what I was doing, they just make you feel so comfortable. And SI has never told me I had to change my body. They just let me be who I am. And they loved me for that. Were you expecting at the time of the photo shoot? Hoopes: No.
Hoopes: Shooting the photos this year was exciting. Happiness changes how you look, how you act and how you feel. Hoopes: I literally grew up with the magazine since I started at age Sports Illustrated was one of my first modeling jobs ever.
I was 22 and super uncomfortable. I really did not know what I was doing. I saw my very first video and I was just so nervous. I was just acting goofy to get over the nerves. But when I watch the videos now, it just makes me cringe. They range in age, size and background.
Fox News: How do you feel about its diversity theme for this year? I remember sitting in for a couple of the castings and seeing women from all over the country with this one goal. It was super exciting. I learned so much from these women. And Tyra Banks is on the cover. In the past, age was a huge determination of whether you got the job or not.
Fox News: What advice or tips did you give to new cover girl Camille Kostek? Hoopes: Camille and I are pretty good friends now. She gives me advice now! And she just never gave up. I think the message we can get from her journey is anything that you want to do in life can be possible as long as you have a plan. If you have a plan and focus on it, you can achieve whatever goal you want. Fox News: Trolls aside, how important has it been for you to connect with fans?
It allows me to connect with women on a different level than I could with men. But what I truly value are those conversations where women support other women and not compete against each other.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Samantha Hoopes returns for the sixth time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Samantha Hoopes returns for the sixth time, talks celebrating her latest achievement while expecting new baby.