Camille Kostek named 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit rookie

Camille Kostek has been named as the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue rookie.
The Connecticut-born model, a former dancer and New England Patriots cheerleader, participated in the first-ever Instagram-based search for the U.S. publication last year (17) and walked in a fashion show at Miami Swim Week.
Now, Camille has been tapped as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, and she couldn’t be more thrilled to have landed the sought-after gig.
“This time last year I was shooting for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 in Belize as one of the final 6 finalists for #SIswimsearch,” she posted on her social media pages on Tuesday (23Oct18). “My bags are packed as I head to South Australia as not only a 2019 official Rookie, but as the first up to shoot for the @si_swimsuit 2019 issue!! My excitement will never dull for each time I pack my bags to work with this team. I’ve told you 100 times and I’ll say it again and again…. Chase your dreams my friends, it’s a feeling that makes you feel alive on the journey and complete euphoria once you get there. IT’S GO TIME.”
In addition to posing for photographer Josie Clough for the photoshoot, Camille has also shot a video with her boyfriend, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, giving a glimpse into their lives and workout regimes.
And the 26-year-old model hopes that as a Sports Illustrated model she will be able to use her platform to encourage women to “love their bodies” and embrace their beauty.
“I was a dancer, so I always loved watching girls perform and dance and just always looked up to them and their bodies,” she previously told Sports Illustrated. “I remembered loving looking at JLo because she had a set of hips. And I think that’s what so cool about this day in age is that you do have that reach. Being an older sister and having been a young woman, it’s super cool for these women to reach out and share their insecurities or something that they want advice on and kind of being able to be their inspiration. That’s like the most fulfilling thing to ever hear.”