Simone Biles is set to make her Sports Illustrated debut in the iconic Swimsuit issue out next month.
Photographer James Macari shot the four-time Olympic Gold medalist and her “Final Five” team member Aly Raisman in Houston at the World Champions Center, the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, and the North Houston Skate Park.
In her photo, 19-year-old Biles wears a mesh Blue Life Fit swimsuit top and KOA Swim bottoms.
The magazine will celebrate the Swimsuit issue during the first-ever VIBES by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in Houston Feb. 17 and 18 — two weeks after the Super Bowl takes over the city.
“So excited to make my @SI_Swimsuit debut in the 2017 issue! … So happy to be a part of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Where athletes bodies can be beautiful too,” wrote 19-year-old Biles on Instagram of her SI debut. “No matter what anyone tells you, have confidence in your own body. OWN IT.”
[Image: James Macari/Sports Illustrated via Twitter]