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Sports Illustrated Reveals “Different” Swim Search Finalists

Sports Illustrated featured his Finalists for the Swim Quest 2022 – and readers notice the variety of selected beauties.

The 14 finalists will compete for a single spot in the magazine’s next swimsuit issue, where they will appear alongside some of the world’s leading models.

Among the candidates are a 42-year-old breast cancer survivor, an astrophysicist and an intensive care unit nurse.

Sports Illustrated says all of the finalists “inspire action in their communities,” and fans took to Twitter to show how impressed they were with the lineup.

“The variety here is AMAZING” cooed a reader.

However, one critic moaned that the magazine was trying to “wake up”. To write: “The swimsuit edition is 100% woke up again this year. Who is Sports Illustrated’s readership? Are normal people like, ‘Bring in the ’empowering changemakers’!’”

But there’s no denying that the magazine selected 14 finalists whose beauty is matched only by their interesting and diverse backgrounds.

Here are the competitors:

Michelle F Steffan

Michelle F. Steffen is from Argentina.
Michelle F Steffan.
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Steffan, who did not reveal her age, is from Argentina. The curvy beauty trained as a lawyer before giving up her lucrative legal career to pursue modeling full-time. The stunner told People that Ashley Graham’s 2016 Swimsuit Issue cover opened her eyes.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes because I wasn’t used to seeing curvy models in my home country or pretty much everywhere,” she marveled.

Gigi Robinson

Gigi Robinson.
Gigi Robinson.
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Robinson, 23, is an American content creator who boasts a large fan base on TikTok.

The USC graduate is also a health advocate who suffers Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) — a rare disease that affects the connective tissues in the body.

Robinson shared EDS videos to enlighten her TikTok followers.

Hillory Fields

Hillory Fields.
Hillory Fields.

Fields – who was named after Hilary Clinton – is more than just a model.

The brunette beauty currently works as an ICU nurse in Los Angeles and recently created an app for jaded medical staff to review and rate hospitals they’ve worked at.

Hannah Godwin

Hannah Godwin.
Hannah Godwin.
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Alabama-born Godwin, 27, is the most famous of the 14 finalists, having previously appeared on Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor.

The blonde now lives in Los Angeles and has amassed more than 1.5 million Instagram fans.

Unfortunately for her many male admirers, Godwin is off the market and is dating entrepreneur Dylan Barbour.

Ashley N. Byrd

Ashley N. Byrd.
Ashley N. Byrd.

Born in Louisiana, Byrd is gifted with both brains and beauty. The finalist holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration.

Byrd now resides in Los Angeles and practices modeling full-time.

She frequently flaunts her incredible physique on the sunny beaches of California, making her a competitive candidate for the swim hunt.

Kelly Crump

Kelly Crump.
Kelly Crump.

Crump, 42, is the oldest of the 14 finalists and a proud breast cancer survivor.

The inspirational beauty has undergone six surgeries and 60 rounds of chemotherapy. I

In 2019, the cancer spread to other areas of her body, including her neck, lungs, armpits, ribs and spine, but the London native turned her turmoil into inspiration, sharing her story on Instagram and amass a huge following.

Mady Dewey

Mady Dewey.
Mady Dewey.

Originally from California, Dewey is a well-known podcaster and tickokker.

According to Sports Illustrated, the stunner co-founded the company Herd Social – “a no-pressure photo-sharing platform for Gen Z women and non-binary people.”

The brunette beauty shared the above photo her Instagramwho excitedly announced that she was a Sports Illustrated finalist.

Drew Dorsey

Drew Dorsey.
Drew Dorsey

Dorsey, 28, is a Los Angeles-based influencer with a whopping 98,000 Instagram followers.

She has a bachelor’s degree in communications and is an aspiring entertainment journalist.

The stunner is thrilled to be in the last 14 and shares her excitement an Instagram post that has been read: “Listen, I don’t want to preach, but please never give up on your dreams. That was my second year of audition and look what happened because I didn’t give up.”

Victoria Vesce

Victoria Vesce.
Victoria Vesce
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Vesce is also a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with a brain tumor while in college.

The Florida-based beauty lost half of her hearing but managed to beat her cancer attack after undergoing life-threatening surgery.

Unable to define herself by her health issues, Vesce is now a practicing attorney in Boca Raton.

Manju Bangalore

Manju Bangalore
Manju Bangalore

Bangalore is a physicist who has worked at two NASA centers and dreams of becoming an astronaut.

She also has a philanthropic side, according to Sports Illustrated. The California-based brunette founded a “non-profit for menstrual health” in 2015, which has distributed more than 200,000 menstrual products to those in need.

Nicole Petri

Nicole Petri.
Nicole Petri.

Petrie takes care of her sick mother full-time FTD (Frontal Temporal Degeneration).

The blonde is determined to raise awareness about the rare disease and regularly posts about it on her Instagram page.

Petrie describes herself as a “model, activist, caregiver and vegan” in her Instagram bio.

Ashley Callingbull

Ashley Callingbull
Ashley Callingbull

Callingbull, who is from Canada, is the first Indigenous woman to be included in Sports Illustrated’s swimming search.

The 32-year-old is a Cree First Nations woman from the Enoch Cree Nation in the province of Alberta.

Callingbull is thrilled with her inclusion in the final 14 after being banned from previous competitions due to her origins.

“For much of my life, a lot of the things I’ve had to pursue weren’t available to me because I’m an Indigenous woman, whether as an actress or as a model,” she said E! Messages last year.

Sarafina Nance

Sarafina Nance.
Sarafina Nance.

Nance, who lives and works in California, is an analog astronaut who recently completed a Mars astronaut simulation.

The bold beauty also underwent a double mastectomy at the age of 26 after being diagnosed with the cancer-causing BRCA2 genetic mutation.

Lotta Hintsa

Lotta Hintsa
Lotta Hintsa.
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Hinsta was born in Finland and grew up in Ethiopia.

A professional high-altitude climber and endurance athlete, the blonde currently lives a free-spirited, nomadic lifestyle, traveling to mountains never before explored.

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