Gigi Robinson has made waves becoming the first Gen Z and chronically ill model to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.
Robinson is one of the 13 women selected as finalists in the 2022 Swim Search, a worldwide casting call. They all appear in the annual Swimsuit Issue, but the winner will be announced in August.
Who is Gigi Robinson?
Gigi Robinson is the founder of the creative media company Its Gigi LLC, as well as hosting the Spotify Greenroom live audio show Everything You Need Is Within.
Robinson boasts a large online following, with 17.3 followers on Instagram. She also runs a Twitter page and a YouTube account, on which she posts videos showing her daily life.
Her talents don’t end there, as Robinson has worked in photography, design, social media and digital marketing industries.
She is a USC grad student and Award Winning artist and designer with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Branding Design, Graphic Arts and Photography, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Gigi Robinson becomes Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model
Robinson has become the first Gen Z and chronically ill woman to be featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.
She was a finalist for Sports Illustrated‘s 2022 Swim Search, and made her way out to the Dominican Republic for the shoot. Sports Illustrated said of the location:
“The D.R. is filled with vivacious energy and the Swim Search finalists definitely carried that in their shoot.”
The hair on set was done by Adam Maclay of BA Reps, the make up by Christyna Kay of Art Department, and the photography by Yu Tsai.
An advocate for chronic illness
Robinson is an advocate for chronic illness. She was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome when she was 10 years-old. Ehlers-Danlos is a connective tissue illness that causes chronic pain, and also makes her highly prone to injury.
Speaking about her Sports Illustrated shoot, Robinson told The New York Post: “The main message is that you can feel like s–t and be super sick, not look it, and still be super sexy. Both can, and do, exist.”
Living with a chronic illness has taught Robinson about resilience. She told Sports Illustrated:
“We are truly capable of anything we set our minds to, whether that is landing a dream role or simply getting out of bed each morning. My advice would be that if you made it through 100% of your worst days so far, you can make it through the best days yet to come.”
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