By Jai-Leen James, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Sports Illustrated Swimsuit is hosting an in-person, open casting call at the W South Beach on Friday, July 12th. The event coincides with Miami Swim Week 2019 which is running on Miami Beach from Thursday, July 11th through Tuesday, July 16th.
Launching some of the biggest names in the business including Christie Brinkley, Elle Macpherson, Heidi Klum, Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton, Ashley Graham and more, Sports Illustrated is back on the beach to find undiscovered talent.
Celebrating body positivity and diversity, this year is set to be bigger than ever, with W South Beach hosting the SI Swimsuit Model Search that’ll bring over 5,000 hopefuls to the property, along with fashion shows by top designers and parties throughout the weekend.
MJ Day, Editor of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, explained, “This is the second annual in-person, open casting call the team has hosted. Two years in a row in one of our favorite cities, Miami! […] In terms of turn out, Miami never disappoints. There are so many beautiful and unique women based here but that also fly in from around the country.”
Adding “The winner of our 2019 Model Search, Brooks Nader, came to our open casting call last year in Miami. She will now be a Rookie for our 2020 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In addition, the six Model Search finalists featured in this year’s issue attended last year’s Miami event.”
Model contestants will be interviewed, mentored and deliberated by the swimsuit models from the 2019 SI Swimsuit edition. The open casting call provides an opportunity for both new and established models to meet with the SI Swimsuit team and demonstrate why they should be in the 2020 issue.
Attendees are asked to arrive using the 2201 Collins Avenue entrance and meetings with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit team begin at 8AM. In addition to the open casting, applicants can submit their content online using #SISwimSeach on Instagram. If selected, contestants will receive an email with information on the next steps.
All model search contestants must be 18-years-old and up and are asked to keep an open and flexible schedule. Those invited to the callback may also need to be available Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th as well.
W South will be hosting a Swim Fashion Bazaar on Saturday and Sunday in The Grove on Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th from 10AM to 5PM. Hundreds of VIP hotel guests, influencers, media and models will be in attendance to shop swimwear brands, accessories, F&B pop-ups and more.
Then, on Sunday, July 14th, the Sports Illustrated SI Runway Show will take place at the W South Beach at 10PM (doors open at 9PM). Spectators can see which of the 5,000 hopefuls made the cut to walk in the iconic SI Runway Show. Past cover stars, runway models and SI legends will also be featured in the show.