We had an absolutely LOADED 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit rookie class this year headlined by Olivia Culpo, Camille Kostek, and Sailor Brinkley Cook (daughter of the legend Christie Brinkley), but by far the biggest addition to the group is Alexis Ren. SI finally figured out that these days Instagram is king, so what did they do? They went and got the Michael Jordan of IG models.
Nobody has been more dominant on Instagram over the last 2-plus years than Alexis. We’re talking hall of fame type performances. So SI went out and got her, sent her to some tropical locale, and set the internet on fire.
3 months later, shes your Rookie of the Year. I mean who else could they really have possibly given it to? Here’s the release from Sports Illustrated:
The votes are in! And without further ado…
Alexis Ren is your Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 Rookie of the Year! The 21-year-old California native won the annual vote in which fans and readers decide who is their favorite SI Swimsuit rookie.
Alexis is joined in the rookie class by fellow models Chase Carter, Robin Holzken, Sailor Brinkley Cook, Raven Lyn, Georgia Gibbs, Kate Wasley, Anne de Paula, Jasmyn Wilkins, Olivia Culpo, Hunter McGrady and Ebonee Davis.
Previous Rookie of the Year winners include SI Swimsuit legends Chrissy Teigen(2010), Kate Upton (2011), Nina Agdal (2012), Kate Bock (2013), Sara Sampaio(2014), Kelly Rohrbach (2015), Barbara Palvin (2016), and Bianca Balti (2017).
Scenes from Alexis’ SI Rookie shoot
And here are the GIFs you came for