What’s it like to be an athlete in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue? Let Genie Bouchard tell you.
Genie Bouchard, the 23-year-old women’s tennis star from Canada, is in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue this year. It’s her second straight year in the issue.
Last year, Bouchard was one of a couple of women’s tennis players in the magazine. She was in it with Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki.
This year, she’s in it again with another women’s tennis star. This year’s magazine also features Sloane Stephens.
Bouchard spoke to SI.com about being in the magazine again. She said it was easier the second time around.
“It was definitely easier! I was much less nervous this time around,” Bouchard said.“I felt I had experience from my first SI shoot which helped me for this second one. I actually asked MJ to ‘go for it’ more in this shoot because I felt so comfortable.”
“At the beginning of the shoot, it’s always hard — wearing almost nothing definitely makes you feel self-conscious. But the photographer was amazing; he was so nice and supportive — he made me feel comfortable right away.
I realized I was there for a reason, and this gave me the confidence to be free and also have fun during the shoot!” Bouchard told SI.com.
You can view Bouchard’s entire shoot here. She was photographed by James Macari in Aruba.