Sports Illustrated Swimsuit brought #SISwimSearch, its notable international model search, to life with the first-ever Open Casting Call at PARAISO during Miami Swim Week. The three-day event brought together rookie hopefuls from around the globe to walk the highly anticipated runway show at W South Beach on Sunday, July 15th. They were chosen by an expert panel including Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editor MJ Day, celebrity photographer Yu Tsai, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit legends Kate Upton, Christie Brinkley, Hailey Clauson and Kate Bock. Additional models Olivia Culpo, Hunter McGrady, Myla Dalbesio, Vita Sidorkina, Georgia Gibbs, Chase Carter, Anne De Paula, Jasmyn Wilkins, Camille Kostek and Haley Kalil were on hand to give hopeful contestants modeling tips and advice. American snowboarder and Paralympian Brenna Huckaby opened the show and Danielle Herrington, 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model, closed the show. Swim brands that were modeled included Stella McCartney, Reina Olga, Jonathan Simkhai and 40 other brands. More than 900 attended the event, which featured performances throughout the evening by Justine Skye. Guests, who sipped on Whispering Angel and Ron Barcelo while enjoying the show, included models Christie Brinkley and Olivia Culpo, actor Ryan Phillippe, professional basketball player Joel Embiid, and Victoria’s Secret model Joy Corrigan.
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