Angel Reese certainly served Bayou Bawwwdy at the 2023 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue official launch party at the Hard Rock Hotel in New York City.
Once again, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit brought out all the baddies to celebrate the new 2023 edition on May 18.
Angel popped out while securing the Fashion Nova bag.
The new NCAA women’s basketball champion posed with gymnast Olivia Dunne. The two LSU stars made history as the first college athletes featured in SI’s illustrious swimsuit issue.
According to People, the Bayou Barbie was nervous about trading in her Tigers uniform for a thong swimsuit. Angel thanked the SI team for helping her ease into her model era.
“I had on thong bathing suits and I didn’t think I was going to be comfortable, but [everyone] made me feel really comfortable,” said Angel, who’s already cozy in her skin.
“I work out a lot. I embrace my body and who I am and every mark on my body. I probably feel the sexiest in a bathing suit.”
The booked and busy basketball star reflected on her rise to fame this year. She said this year, which made her one of the highest-earning college players, “has been a blessing.” She earned $1.3 million as the face of brands like Coach, Amazon, and Mcdonald’s.
“Having so many people come back to me and say, ‘You guys have changed the game. You guys have been a part of history,’ I embraced that,” she said.
“Just being able to be a part of this has just been amazing for me this year, and it’s been a blessing.”
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Kamie Crawford, Duckie Thot, Leyna Bloom And More Slayed The Launch Party
Cover Stars Martha Stewart and Megan Fox shared the spotlight together.
Megan’s fiancé Machine Gun Kelly didn’t want to miss out on a photo op with Martha either.
Duckie Thot and rookie SI rookie Madisin Rian flashed flawless smiles when they struck a pose.
Kim Petras posed with her SI Swimsuit Issue cover.
Alluring MTV star Kamie Crawford clearly didn’t stray too far from her beauty queen roots.
Actress Leyna Bloom channeled her inner Tinkerbell in this glittering mini dress by Augusto Manzanares.
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi looked like a top model in all white.
LSU basketball star and rapper Flau’jae Johnson popped out with her teammate Angel.
Catfish’s Nev Shulman and his wife Laura Perlongo pulled up to celebrate his co-host Kamie.
Chrome Horse Society Tequila and 19 Crimes Wines kept the drinks flowing as guests danced the night away.
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