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Former College Volleyball Player Enters Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Casting

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MIAMI, FL - JULY 15: Robin Holzken, Vita Sidorkina, Chase Carter and Anne de Paula attend the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit show at PARAISO during Miami Swim Week at The W Hotel South Beach on July 15, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit has opened up its casting calls to anyone with a social media profile in recent years.

Kayla Simmons, a former college volleyball player at Marshall, is attempting to get in next year's issue. The volleyball player-turned-model submitted her application this week.

"Being a former college athlete & growing up around sports has taught me to push myself to the limit. So here I am, chasing my @si_swimsuit dream!" she wrote.

"College athletics was a great experience for me, but it also taught me some valuable lessons. I was told by my school administrators that the pictures I post are inappropriate because of my body, I was even asked to delete my Instagram at one point. I was torn bc I felt I couldn’t embrace my body & play the sport I love. I’ve since learned that you can’t let other people affect how you feel about yourself. I am who I am, & it’s okay to be confident!"

"It’s my dream to be a part of the SI family. The women on the pages EMPOWER other women. We need more of that!!! @si_swimsuit @mj_day & the rest of the team, thank you for this opportunity! Everyone please help me out & tag @si_swimsuit in the comments!!"

Simmons' application video has already been viewed more than 40,000 times.

Simmons' Instagram profile has risen in recent months. She now has more than 175,000 followers.

Anyone is eligible to submit their own Sports Illustrated Swimsuit casting application with the #siswimsearch hashtag.