Jasmine Sanders is officially Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s Rookie of the Year.
Following her spread in May’s issue of the popular magazine, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day says she’s the perfect fit.
“The beauty inside matches the beauty outside,” Day explained at the time of the announcement. “Jasmine’s professional dedication is impressive. She shows up for this brand in an EXEMPLARY fashion. She takes being a part of the SI Swimsuit franchise very seriously. She is effortlessly chic, whip-smart, humble, engaging and a pleasure to be around.”
She added, “Her participation makes this brand better, and I couldn’t be happier to name her our 2019 Rookie of the Year!”
The model, who is known as Golden Barbie to many of her fans, took to Instagram to celebrate the honour, posting a behind-the-scenes video of her photoshoot in Costa Rica, writing, “This post is for all of the people that were there for me these past 15 years! We did it!! This is for all my family, friends, agents, managers, and supporters that have motivated and pushed me day in and day out.”
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This post is for all of the people that were there for me these past 15 years! We did it!! This is for all my family, friends, agents, managers, and supporters that have motivated and pushed me day in and day out. I seriously couldn’t have done this without each and everyone of you!! This is for everyone that is staying true to themselves as they’re pursuing their dreams and goals- please never give up!!! Seriously to be beside so many amazing women that constantly lift each other with support and love is a dream come true! I can’t thank you enough @mj_day and the whole team believing in this little girl born in Germany and raised in the South that had a dream. I still can’t believe this is real! 🙈 Thank you for choosing me as your @si_swimsuit 2019 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!!
In another post, she wrote, “This is wild!! All I can say is THANK YOU.”