BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Baton Rouge native, Brooks Nader, has been named the first-ever, in-person Sports Illustrated rookie for the magazine’s 2020 Swimsuit issue, SI reports.
SI says Nader attended the open casting call in Miami in 2018 and made her way to the final six out of more than 10,000 Instagram and in-person hopefuls.
The final six women in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit model search traveled to The Bahamas in February to be photographed for the 2019 issue. Yu Tsai took the photos for the spread, SI says.
Nader joins other model search winners such as Camille Kostek, Haley Kalil, Anne de Paula, and Mia Kang. SI says she is the eldest of three sisters, who call her “Brooksie.” Growing up, she enjoyed riding horses, making gumbo, and playing sports, she said in an interview with SI.
Nader is from Baton Rouge, attending high school at University Lab School. She graduated from Episcopal School of Baton Rouge after attending from 2013 to 2015. She then went to Tulane University in New Orleans, and according to Sports Illustrated, studied finance before pursuing a full-time career in modeling.
When asked in an interview with SI what Nader’s family in Louisiana thinks about her being in the swimsuit issue, Nader responded, “My family is over the moon excited about this! None of us ever imagined it would be possible for the little girl from Louisiana to grace the pages of such an iconic magazine! My 3 little sisters are especially proud, them and all their friends are now cult followers of SI Swimsuit!”