Sports Illustrated supermodel Samantha Hoopes is no stranger to rocking the pages of the magazine’s coveted swimsuit issue, but after giving birth to her first child and then working her butt off to get ready to make a return to modeling, Hoopes has a whole new appreciation for motherhood and modeling. The 29-year-old star has been proudly posting about her January photoshoot, which took place on Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands before the COVID-19 travel restrictions were put in place.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue was released on Tuesday, and Hoopes took a moment to reveal her amazing set of photos.
“After the birth of my son just before coming back for my 7th shoot, it was almost like it was my first shoot again. Getting back into a bikini and swim 4 months after having the baby was the most nerve wracking and liberating experience,” Hoopes wrote while showing off her curvaceous pics.
She added, “As women our bodies change shapes and sizes thought having babies and you really have to relearn yourself and your body!”
Hoopes has been very open about her experiences with pregnancy, birth and motherhood and is excited about the new physical changes the process has created.
“I never have had so much love and respect for my body, stretch-marks, loose skin and extra pounds. I could have sat out a year and came back looking better than before but that’s not my journey or what I’m about. I knew coming in this year looking different people could have something to say but I’m proud of my new body and the feeling I get looking at my son grow everyday Is the best one in the world!”
Hoopes shares her son, George, with fiance Salvatore Palella.
Hoopes explained that one of the motivators for her return to the pages of “Sports Illustrated” was to serve as an example to other women who may be struggling with the same feelings she endured.
“I came back to share with other women who are struggling with their body image to help with their confidence because being healthy is more important than how you look. In life we go through so many phases but don’t let one phase of your life define how you feel about yourself. Women are fierce and strong and together we can handle everything.”