Camille Kostek and Katie Austin talk about the Super Bowl and Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated Swim Patterns Camille Kostek and Katie Austin celebrated Super Bowl weekend by attending the brand’s Swimfluence Network app launch on Friday afternoon in Hollywood.
Kostek and Austin were joined by fellow Sports Illustrated swim models Christen Harper, Josephine Skriver, jasmine sanders, Kate Bock and Kamie Crawford at the interactive fan event. Held inside the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Blvd., the models chatted with guests — many of whom hope to grace these glossy magazine pages one day — and participated in panel discussions to discuss the ins and outs. of the modeling industry. Entrants also had the opportunity to apply to become the next winner of the magazine’s annual Swim Search competition.
“Being here during Super Bowl week is significant because it’s one of the biggest stages in America,” Kostek said. Variety during the event. “Everyone is going to watch football where these guys are actually doing their thing that they’re passionate about, but there’s also a space for us. I love that Sports Illustrated is creating this space for us to showcase, share, broadcast, inspire , because that’s what I think we’re supposed to do.
Austin and Harper won the swimming search contest last year, Austin telling Variety that taking the stage to discuss his trip marked a moment of closure.
“It’s kind of crazy because last year around this time I was on the other side,” the SI Swim rookie said of sharing advice with the prospects in attendance. “Sitting on that panel, I was like, ‘This could be you next year. You never know where this opportunity might take you and what doors it will open for you.
Austin was also thrilled to share the stage with Kostek, who won the first-ever Swim Search in 2018 and went on to grace the cover of the annual magazine.
“Camille is one of the reasons I auditioned to begin with. She is an inspiration to this whole process and shows that you can do anything. It was really cool and surreal to sit on this panel ”, explained Austin.
The purpose of the event was to inspire the next generation of models, but the current lineup found itself driven by experience as well. Just before chatting with VarietyKostek was walking through the crowd when a girl grabbed his hand.
“She had this glint in her eye – and, you know, we don’t know each other, so to feel so comfortable grabbing you, looking you in the eye and saying, I have to tell you something – she said to me, ‘You helped me get into who I am. Waking up, loving how I look every day. Looking in the mirror accepting who I am – my body, my curves, the freckles on my skin. Things that seem so simple but are a bit difficult,” says Kostek. “You don’t realize how many people you touch until they grab your hand and tell you. But you don’t always have that opportunity. It’s good to hear that. »
The Swimfluence summit also expands Sports Illustrated’s brand footprint at the Super Bowl, which is jam-packed with parties, including Sports Illustrated’s annual star-studded party on Saturday night. Austin, Kostek and their team will hit the carpet at the Century City Park party, where Kygo and Jack Harlow are among the headliners. “It’s all my favorite things – the music, the dancing, the energy, people coming together to have a good time,” Kostek said ahead of the event.
Then on Sunday, Austin, who is a huge LA Rams fan, will be at the big game – after surprising her mother, whose birthday is also February 13, with tickets. Kostek, on the other hand, will return home to Tampa with her fiancé Rob Gronkowski, riding out the madness after a busy week of events, including the NFL Honors Ceremony on Thursday. She will be rooted on the Cincinnati Bengals. “Those four seconds were game-changing,” she noted, recalling the football team’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs.