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Look: Former USC Athlete Katie Austin In Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Katie Austin and her mom on the red carpet

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Katie Austin (L) and fitness instructor-author Denise Austin attend Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2017 at Pauley Pavilion on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Former USC lacrosse player turned fitness instructor Katie Austin is making her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie debut this year.

Austin, a former Trojans student-athlete, has since become a top-level fitness instructor, with more than 350,000 followers on Instagram and 1.5 million followers across all social media platforms.

This year, Austin is one of a select number of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit rookies. She flew to Montenegro for her first photoshoot.

“The shoot is something you can’t really put into words,” Austin told SI. “I cried when I got home just because it’s something you dream about for so many years, and then you realize it’s actually happening, and it’s indescribable.”

A behind-the-scenes look at Austin's complete photoshoot can be seen here.

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Austin is one of several models who will be making her debut in the 2022 edition of the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

The 2022 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue will be on newsstands later this spring.