Two more models have been named to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition’s Rookie class of 2017: Myla Dalbesio and Vida Sidorkina. Dalbesio is also a photographer, artist and writer, and she created a series of self-portraits called “How to Photograph a Woman” for the March 2016 issue of Playboy.
Dalbesio was thrilled to pose for the Swimsuit Edition, sharing on Instagram, “This has been a goal of mine for a decade, and I am so proud to have gotten here. It feels strange to celebrate right now at this strange moment in world history, but I hope that this can be an example for other women to continue to stand strong in their convictions and not be afraid to use their voice. And for girls in the industry, I hope this is reassurance that you don’t need to have 1 million followers to be noticed. You can still be judged by the quality of work you do and the person you are.” Visit her website to see more of her work, or her Instagram to see more of her body. She’s often nude in her photos, so she blurs a few pixels to get around Instagram’s nipple ban.
You may recognize Dalbesio’s fellow Rookie, Vita Sidorkina, from when she walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. The Russian model wears tiny swimsuits and poses with snorkeling gear in this video from her Sports Illustrated shoot:
Sidorkina called it “an absolute dream come true” to pose for the magazine. Even when she’s not working, the 22-year-old blonde regularly models for her own Instagram, which features one gorgeous shot after another. Check out a few pics below, or view her full feed.
Finally I can share that I’m 2017 rookie!!!❤️ It’s an absolute dream come true to be part of @si_swimsuit 📸 And you guys!👉🏼Make sure to get your tickets to VIBES to meet me later this month! 😜 #SISwim P.S: and of course special thank you to @mj_day & @wattsupphoto and aaaaaaaaall the team for making it happened🙏🏻