South Beach’s iconic hotel saw over 5,000 models during the annual Sports Illustrated Casting. W South Beach’s floating runway was graced by Halima Aden, the first SI model to wear a hijab and burkini, a 55-year-old model, a fitness instructor with alopecia and a former dancer with an undiagnosed illness that has weakened her ability to walk.

SI’s most diverse show yet also included the 2019 Model Search Winner Brooks Nader and 2019 SI models Camille Kostek, Halima Aden, Jasmine Sanders, Kate Bock, Robin Holzken, Vita Sidorkina.

The iconic, lifestyle hotel W South Beach, which has remained Miami Swim Week’s mecca for its diverse and inclusive runway shows closed out yet another Swim Week with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit and Badgely Mishka, a W Swim Fashion Bazaar with exclusive pop-ups, model-lead fitness classes, wellness conversations and star-studded parties. See what made a splash at W South Beach.

July 14, 2019—The 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show takes over W South Beach

 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit hosted the 2019 runway show during Miami Swim Week at W South Beach. The runway showcased a lineup of women who stand for important issues donning socially conscious swimwear looks by designers who encourage and promote sustainability, inclusivity and philanthropy.

The runway show opened with hijab wearing model, Halima Aden in a custom designed burkini by Cynthia Rowley that read “DON’T CHANGE YOURSELF, CHANGE THE GAME”, setting the tone for the show.

Who: 2019 Model Search Winner, Brooks Nader, 2019 Cover Model Camille Kostek, Halima Aden, Jasmine Sanders, Kate Bock, Robin Holzken, Vita Sidorkina and Model Search Finalists, Ariadna Gutierrez, Ashley Alexiss, Brielle Anyea Cunningham, Christie Valdiserri, Clarissa Bowers, Courtney Smits, Djaniel Carter, Florinda Estrada, Hyun Joo (JooJoo) Hwang, Jamea Byrd, Kathy Jacobs, Katina Taylor, Miki Hamano, Nour Guiga, Salina Jade, Soraya Yd, Tanaye White


Additional designers featured on the runway included Abruzzo Swim, Acqua De Luxe, Alexiss, Andi Bagus, Antigua Swimwear, Badgley Mischka, Bissy Swim, Boohoo, CALi DREAMiNG,   Fashion Nova, For Love and Lemons, Frankies Bikinis, Fredericks of Hollywood, GabiFresh, Kasa Kai, KRELwear, Krewe Du Q, Luli Fama, MegLiz Swimwear, Melao, Meshki, Mikoh, Mira Zadeh, Natasha Tonic, Norma Kamali, Ola Vida Swimwear, O’Neill, Paul and Rade, Poemä Swim, Port de Bras, Siempre Golden, Swimsuits for All and Vitamin A Swim.

July 14, 2019— Peroni Beach Bash on W South Beach’s SAND

2019 Sports Illustrated models enjoyed the Miami sun on W South Beach SAND for Peroni’s Beach Bash.

Models: Danielle Herrington, Halima Aden, Haley Kalil, Kate Bock, Anne De Paula, Olivia Culpo, Myla Dalbesio.


July 12, 2019 – The Sports Illustrated Second Annual in-person Casting

Leading up to the runway show, Sports Illustrated  Swimsuit (SI) returned for the second year to W South Beach and held their annual open casting call at the W South Beach, providing for both new and established models to meet with the SI Swimsuit team and show why they would be a great addition to the issue hitting stands in 2020.

The SI Swimsuit team selected 16 Model Search Finalists who graced the runway alongside the 2019 Model Search Winner and fellow SI Swimsuit models.

SI known for body inclusivity and breaking boundaries with its print content had models from this year’s SI Swimsuit issue mentor, interview and deliberate with the model search contestants to help them throughout the process.


July 12, 2019 – Sports Illustrated Swimsuit x W South Beach Host Miami Swim Week Kickoff Party at the Legends Lounge

The Legends Lounge at W South Beach’s LAWN treated VIP’s and models to a topical Swim Week welcome revelry under the moonlight with beats, libations by Duke Spirits, La Adelita Tequila, Provacativo and flavored seltzer waters by La Croix. The LAWN was decked with Funboy floats for photo moments in and around the space. MJ Day and Myla Dalbesio floated in Funboy floats in W South Beach’s Mini WET pool.

Seen: Anne de Paula and boyfriend and NBA star Joel Embid, Camille Kostek, Haley Kalil, Danielle Herrington, SI editor MJ Day and Myla Dalbesio.


Fitness & Fuel at W South Beach

July 12 – Aerobic Workout with Magda Lopez & Crook + Marker

July 13 – Workout with SI Model Kate Bock

July 14 —Workout with 54D