In further proof that who you know is just as important as who you are or what you’ve accomplished, Gronk’s girlfriend Camille Kostek joins Tyra Banks and Alex Morgan as cover models for the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Banks, 45, who was the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 1996, graces the cover for the third time in her modeling career.
U.S. Women’s National Team soccer star Alex Morgan makes her second appearance on a Swimsuit Issue cover as she previously appeared in an inset photo alongside Kate Upton’s 2015 cover.
Kostek makes her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover debut after participating in the magazine’s 2017 model search and making her first appearance in the issue in 2018.
Needless to say, all three ladies were very excited to receive this honor.
“A short year ago, Camille Kostek was a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model search hopeful, vying for a coveted rookie spot in the 2019 issue,” said SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day. “Today, an image from the first shoot of her career graces the cover. Homegrown in every sense of the world, it’s been incredible to watch Camille come into her own in this space and use her influence to address some of the trappings that come with being a public personality. In a short amount of time, she has leveraged the power of her brand to inspire and educate others while at the same time persuing her own dreams. She is a star on the rise.”
Two-time cover model Paulina Porizkova, UFC star Paige VanZant, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, and USWNT soccer stars Megan Rapinoe, Crystal Dunn, and Abby Dahlkemper, will also be appearing in the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.