Before Camille Kostek was named the newest cover girl of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, she had trouble accepting as a model.
“In February 2017, I was still not represented,” 27-year-old Ocean Drive told for their September issue of 2019. “A desk in LA asked me how I would feel about arriving because the plus-size initiative flourished. It felt like a defeat. But I am a strong believer in the law of attraction and manifestation, “she said.
She continued: “In March I was on Instagram and SI placed their very first open casting call. It said: “Are you the next Chrissy Teigen? The next Kate Upton? Then send a 60-minute video in which you tell us why. “I was like:” Damn it, I do this myself. “
But the cover girl admitted that she didn’t always feel so sure about her curves. Camille Kostek even told Ocean Drive that it was difficult to find someone with whom she could easily identify.
“Growing up, it was hard to associate with some of the women who were portrayed in the media,” she explained. “I was a freckled girl and grew a little faster into a young woman with hips and thighs. Only when I picked up a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit song at the age of 15 did I think: ‘Whoa! If I ever became a model, I’d like to do this. “”
“When I looked at the women, I was like:” She has freckles, she has hips, she has thighs. “Her breasts look natural,” Camille Kostek continued. “That has always stayed with me. When I finished school in 2015, I started to open calls in New York. But I got the same response every time:” Get your measurements down. “Get X inches off your thighs and hips.”
But the former cheerleader of the Patriots marched on despite the fact that he was first told to lose weight and then to gain some weight just to land gigs. And her efforts bear fruit.
In May of this year, Sports Illustrated named Kostek as one of his coveted models for his swimsuit edition. Camille Kostek joined Tyra Banks (45) and football star Alex Morgan (29).
“When the cover was announced, I called my mother,” Kostek said. “I didn’t call a desk to thank you for bringing me here. I thanked her. Throughout the process, my body never really changed. My relationship with myself, my colleagues, my friend … everything got better.”
Today, Camille Kostek is determined to be a role model for others who have difficulty accepting their bodies, regardless of their size.
“I feel it is my duty to share my experience of self-acceptance,” Camille Kostek told the outlet. “I do not want to bore people and talk about myself, but the biggest struggle for me was my body. I am a proponent of self-acceptance and want what I have found and what others can help. I started with women’s panels and extended to universities. I want to reach everyone – men, women, the LGBTQ community. “
But with all the success that Camille Kostek has achieved, she is grateful that he has stopped Rob Gronkowski as a supportive boyfriend.
Kostek previously shared that she was introduced to Gronkowski after she left the team in March 2015. For months, the couple denied having a romantic relationship, although they started posting loving pictures of each other on Instagram.
In the fall of 2015, the couple celebrated birthdays together, attended the red carpet events together, and publicly supported each other’s efforts. Camille Kostek was often noticed in the stands among fans of New England – even sporty Gronkowski’s shirt – in 2016, according to E! News.
In February 2017, a TMZ report claimed that the pair had split and Gronkowski had “gone ahead.” But Camille Kostek contradicted the news by posting photos of himself with his sweater on. They also went to a wedding three months later, per E! News.
“We both admire each other,” said Kostek. “I always get the question what it’s like to date an NFL player, and for as many as I like to see him play football, and that’s what he’s best known for, I see what’s behind the scenes happens – going back to his hometown and getting to know his family and standing by his side with injuries and everything else. I strongly support “work in silence, let your success speak.” And he does the same. “
In August of this year, Camille Kostek admitted to Fox News that it is not always easy to be in the spotlight.
It is easy to get into our phones and computer screens and read these comments about yourself in the comments sections of photos or articles, “she said at the time.” And certainly in the modeling world, it is elevated. The trolls come through even more. It can be super difficult. You could have 900 people who tell you that you look incredible, that you are an inspiration. But you could have two people who tell you something negative about your body or personality and that bothers you. “
“I just think as much as we say sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me – words hurt,” the 27-year-old continued. “Hurting words hurt people … [But] people who don’t know you don’t define you either. We already understand what we like and don’t like about our body. We are hard for ourselves. We don’t need people trying us to tell who we are. “
Kostek insisted that she, like everyone else, have her own uncertainties. But instead of responding to negative comments, she prefers to use her social media for a good cause, hoping that it will cheer someone up who can use a much needed encouragement.
“I’m always looking for the time to talk to people who ask for help, because sometimes you just need that one person to tell you everything will be all right,” Kostek said. “And I like to share some of the things I’m dealing with … to remind people that I hear them too.”