Camille Kostek has shot at a number of attractive locations over time as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit mannequin, however this year’s locale holds a particular place in her coronary heart.
“Shooting in St. Croix this year for the destination is like my world’s colliding because my mom’s actually from the [US] Virgin Islands and my mom’s sister Camille, who I’m named after, still lives out in the Virgin Islands,” Kostek instructed The Post Thursday in celebration of her new position as Chief Wellness Officer for Rowdy Energy‘s Power Burn line of drinks.
“I was so familiar with the beaches and even some of the people, and the locals and a lot of the spots that we went to. I constantly was checking myself, ‘Am I here to visit family, or am I here with Sports Illustrated?’”
For her 2022 shoot, Kostek was photographed aboard a ship — which was a problem in itself.
“I’ve never shot for the issue on a boat, let alone, I don’t think I’ve ever done a photo shoot on a moving boat in the middle of the water,” she stated. “There were times when there was a big gust of wind and the waters were a little rocky, but it was a challenge and I was up for it and knew it would make a memorable shoot, and the photos are probably some of my favorites that I’ve ever done.”
Though Kostek has appeared in 5 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit points — to not point out on the cover in 2019 — she’s “crossing [her] fingers already” in hopes of retaining her streak alive for 2023.
“You really never take for granted being a part of this team, and you’re very hopeful that you get the callback because you’re not promised, no matter how many times you’ve been in it, been on the cover, or whatever, you don’t know if you’re going to get that callback,” Kostek stated.
“I’ve become so in love, so obsessed with the brand, everything that they stand for about breaking molds and disrupting this modeling industry with making waves, and creating history.”
Beyond Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Kostek is staying busy this summer season between her partnership with Rowdy Energy, which was recently announced this month. She can also be the brand new host for the NBC competitors collection “Dancing with Myself.”
When she does have time to unwind, Kostek is savoring the moments with family members, together with her pet canine Ralphie, whom she shares with her longtime boyfriend, NFL tight finish Rob Gronkowski.
“On any day that I have off, I cannot wait to get home to my dog, so I plan on a lot of walks with my dogs, a lot of snuggles,” Kostek stated. “Rob and I just had fun in Paris, and we were in Hawaii a couple of months ago, and that alone, doing two trips together in a matter of months, I think is the most we’ve done in years.”
Gronkowski, who performed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the previous two seasons, wrapped his eleventh year within the league again in January. He has not but decided concerning his return for the 2022 season.