Former Ravens cheerleader is in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

Ryan vison

If you live in Florida and want a copy of this year’s issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, you better beat Summer Wilson at the magazine rack.

The former Ravens cheerleader is one of 13 “Swim Search” models featured in this year’s landmark magazine, which goes on sale today, and she plans to buy every copy she finds.

“It’s so crazy. I can’t believe it,” Wilson said. “It all started a year ago and it has happened. It’s so crazy!”

In April, Sports Illustrated revealed that Wilson was one of the finalists for “Swim Search,” six of which were to be chosen to appear in print. But the magazine’s editors struggled so hard to narrow it down that they all did. Wilson learned the news on Monday.

“I was crying, of course! ” she said. “When I got it, it was like, ‘Damn, this is real life.’ I am in this magazine.

“It was a very emotional moment for me because I got there myself. I didn’t have an agency, I didn’t have that many followers, I’m not that huge name. that a girl in the American business, a retired NFL cheerleader, just chasing a dream in a pandemic and it happened. It’s a historic magazine that I can’t believe I am. “

There are three different covers for this year’s issue, featuring rapper Megan Thee Stallion, professional tennis player Naomi Osaka and actress / model Leyna Bloom, who is the first transgender woman to feature on the iconic cover. .

Wilson is still not sure which of his photos, which were taken by Yu Tsai in Atlantic City, NJ, will be featured in the magazine.

Wilson cheered on the Ravens for five years (2016-2020) before deciding to retire shortly before finding out she was an SI finalist. A native of North Carolina who lived in Baltimore for seven years, Wilson recently moved to Florida with her boyfriend and went from medical sales to sales for Toast, a restaurant management and point-of-sale system.

At the same time, Wilson hopes to use the SI Swimsuit Issue and the experiences and contacts she has made along the way to continue to grow her brand, which promotes self-help and empowerment.

“I’ve always been someone who tries to wear as many hats as possible,” Wilson said. “I love my job at Toast, but I also want to open the doors to more models, I want to do more podcasts, maybe more hosting and things like that.”

Now fans can vote for their favorite “Swim Search” model, so Ravens fans can always give Wilson a thumbs up. Voting ends August 2.

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