Sports Illustrated‘s highly anticipated annual swimsuit issue is here, and once again it’s not just models like Hailey Clauson, Hannah Jeter, and three-time cover star Kate Upton who are featured. Athletes grace its pages, too—and this year Serena Williams joins the ranks of athletes-turned-SI models like Ronda Rousey (2016), Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard (2006), and Steffi Graf (1997). In typical Serena Williams fashion, she dove right in fearlessly, game to wear any outfit the SI team threw at her.
Williams wore seven swim styles on the Turks and Caicos shoot…including a topless look and a thong bikini. “I’ve never worn a thong bikini, so for that to be my first shot was like a shot of espresso for me because I had to wake up immediately,” she tells SI. “The thong is perfect, it really made me feel comfortable. I’m officially a thong girl now!”