Sports Illustrated Model Kate Bock Dishes On SI Swimsuit On Location In Miami

Kate Bock by James MacariPhoto Credit: James Macari

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit and its gorgeous models will head to Miami this weekend to celebrate the exciting launch of the 2019 issue. What’s better is SI will be celebrating the occasion with their its by hosting an interactive, consumer-facing event, called ‘SI Swimsuit on Location.’ For two days, the exhibition will feature the SI Swimsuit team, bringing the issue to life and allowing readers to get an in-person experience with the iconic brand and its fantastic team. The weekend will be filled with exciting programmings, such as one-of-a-kind installations, panel discussions, parties and more—all aimed at allowing guests to explore and uncover the deeper definition of what it truly means to be ‘beautiful.’

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Lais Ribeiro

Photo Credit: James Macari for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Models attending the event will include SI beauties such as Kate Bock, Anna de Paula, Barbara Palvin, Brooks Nader, Camille Kostek, Danielle Herrington, Erin Willerton, Hailey Clauson, Haley Kalil, Hunter McGrady, Jasmine Sanders, Jessica Aidi, Kelsey Merritt, Lais Ribiero, Manuela Alvarez Hernandez, Myla Dalbesio, Olivia Brower, Olivia Culpo, Paulina Porizkova, Raine Michaels, Robin Holzken, Samantha Hoopes, Tara Lynn, Veronica Pomee and Winnie Harlow.

In light of the weekend, Haute Living sat down with model Kate Bock, who has been featured in the iconic Sports Illustrated Swim issue since 2013, and was voted “Rookie of the Year” during her first appearance. As an SI vet, Bock will be joining fellow models—new and seasoned—to take part in the weekend’s festivities. Here, the supermodel dishes on what we can expect from SI Swimsuit on Location, why it’s special for the models and fans, why she aligns herself with a brand like SI and her advice on how to empower females all over the world.

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Hunter McGrady

Photo Credit: James Macari for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

Tell us about the SI Swimsuit on Location—why is this special for the models and the fans?

Swimsuit on Location is going to be an amazing experience. SI Swimsuit is hosting a 2-day consumer-facing event May 10th and 11th at the Ice Palace. Fans will have the chance to meet all the models in the issue plus participate in fun and interactive experiences. It’s going to be a special day for everyone—fans will get an inside look into the issue, models will have the chance to talk about their experiences being an SI Swimsuit model and everyone will come together in one place to share this experience!

What’s your favorite part of these sorts of events?

Meeting the fans is always really fun plus, I get to spend two days with all of the amazing women I have shot with for the issue. 

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Jasmine Sanders

Photo Credit: James Macari for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

What can guests expect?

SI Swimsuit On Location will feature a lot of fun and inspiring one-of-a-kind installations and experiences. They are hosting ‘In Her Own Words’ panels, where models, industry experts and the SI Swimsuit team will discuss beauty, diversity, female empowerment and more. Guests can pose in interactive photo booths, meet & greet with models, and even get an inside look into the making of this year’s issue and past year’s issues. This will also be the very first chance for potential Model Search participants to get ahead of the next SI Swimsuit open casting call. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with editors and get tips on how to create video submissions from this year’s SI Swim Search finalists. 

Why do you align yourself with a brand like SI? How are they evolving throughout time to keep such a prestigious reputation?

SI Swimsuit is an incredible brand. I’m proud to work with such an amazing group of strong, powerful and talented individuals who are willing to take risks and push boundaries. They encourage us to use our platforms to tell our stories and fight for causes we believe in, which is extremely important. They were the first magazine to give models a name, encourage them to be entrepreneurs and build themselves as brands. I think it’s every model’s dream to be featured in the issue.

What’s a piece of advice you would give to females looking to empower themselves and gain self-confidence?

I would tell women to be kind. Be kind to others and be kind to yourself. If you can help someone else and make them feel better and more empowered, you will empower yourself in the process.

Issues are now on stand to view the 2019 issue. To meet your favorite models in person, guests can purchase tickets here