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Olivia Culpo holds up her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers

Olivia Culpo has reached a major milestone in her career and she could not be prouder. 

On Thursday the I Feel Pretty actress held up the covers of the latest issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in which she appears.

The 2012 Miss Universe wore a bra top that flashed her toned tummy and had matching slacks with a cardigan that fell off her shoulders as she was seen on a rooftop.

‘Only good thing about getting off a red eye is finally getting to see this in person for the first time. Pinch me moment ❤️ Thank you so much @si_swimsuit @mj_day,’ said the star in her caption.

The star made the cover of the magazine along with Jasmine Sanders and Kate Bock.

All month she has been promoting the issue. Earlier this week Olivia frolicked on the beach in sexy swimwear in behind-the-scenes content.

The 28-year-old wrote: ‘Posting some of my favorite @si_swimsuit BTS pictures in honor of the release today!! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. What a dream come true.’

She shared a photo of herself in a white bikini, lounging in a stone bathtub, floating with a layer of yellow flowers.

It was followed by an image of photographer Yu Tsai, standing atop a ladder and surrounded by a full crew.

Tsai later got down from his ladder and stripped down to his own bathing suit, as he cheesed it up with Culpo in the tub, which she captioned: ‘Bathing with my friends is more fun.’ 

There was also footage of the crew, intricately placing each flower around her toned bikini-clad bod. 

Culpo sported a different white bikini for another photo, complemented with a clear PVC moto jacket.

She then revealed an image of someone pointing a leaf blower at her face, giving a gorgeous wind-in-her-hair effect. 

The Rhode Islander looked chilly as she did a little dance in the water, donning a French-cut white g-string with a matching soaking wet t-shirt, tied at her chest.

She went topless, while posing against a rock, but managed to look relaxed with a massive camera in her face.

Culpo could be seen gushing over a photo of herself, as she joined the crew behind the camera to see the products of their labor. 

She posed on the beach in a provocative black one-piece, as an assistant splashed water on her from a bucket.

The I Feel Pretty actress broke out in laughter, as Tsai squirted her with a water gun in a suggestive manner.

She jokingly embraced the stream and said to the photographer: ‘You’re like something I’d see at Caesar’s Palace.’

This year’s issue was photographed in Bali back in November, long before COVID-19 forced the world into lockdown. 

Culpo shared one cover with Bock, 27, and Sanders, 29, and the women each got a separate cover of their own.

SI Swimsuit editor-in-chief MJ Day said: ‘These three women who make up the 2020 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue are inherently unique but a solidarity exists among them in terms of their ambitions, goals and what they stand for.’

She added: ‘These women are limitless and unstoppable, and collectively represent the next wave of moguls to come out of the franchise.’

Day also said of Culpo: ‘Olivia Culpo is one of the hardest working people in the industry. I have never seen her give anything less than 200% toward whatever goal she sets for herself. Her accomplishments speak to that and are vast and impressive.

‘It gives me great joy to celebrate such an exemplary professional and hardworking individual whose unapologetic enthusiasm will shine from the cover of our magazine. We are excited to have Olivia represent our brand in a way that celebrates the multifaceted women who pursue their dreams and fill the pages of our issue.’

Culpo detailed her reaction last week on Instagram: ‘WOW! I really am speechless and this still doesn’t feel real. I am so grateful for every experience I have been able to have with my @si_swimsuit family. 

‘Thank you so much @mj_day – your warmth and genuinity is unparalleled and I have learned and grown so much. It’s been an honor to be surrounded by so many amazing and strong women.’

She also revealed a vision board she made years before ever modeling for the magazine: ‘I cut out pictures from a huge SI coffee table book I bought and glued my face on it. 

‘I was debating sharing this but figured if this huge milestone can mean something to someone else out there then it’s an even greater blessing for me.’ 

The brunette beauty recently recounted to Us Weekly the sweet way boyfriend Christian McCaffrey, 24, revealed to her that she got the cover. 

She said: ‘They told me that we had to do a Vogue interview and it was so important. It would only take five minutes. I had no idea obviously, but he knew.’

Culpo and McCaffrey recorded a TikTok: ‘They were like, who’s the better dancer and we had to point each other. Who’s the better cook? Who’s on the cover of sports illustrated?’

She said of her response when he pointed to her: ‘I just immediately went into tears…

‘I don’t really think he knows that this is something that I’ve always hoped and dreamed for and work toward and visualized and just really try to really want it to happen. So he was just happy for me to see me reach a milestone that was important to me.’

Culpo first appeared in the highly coveted issue back in 2018, and she was named SI Swimsuit Rookie of the Year in 2019. She is represented by The Society Management New York.

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