Samantha Hoopes is not only an incredible woman and model, she’s also an amazing new mom. She recently shot in Scrub Island with photographer Josie Clough just four months after the birth of her son, George William Palella. Sam arrived for her seventh SI Swimsuit Issue shoot with George in tow -- he got to take part in her fittings and made friends with Josie’s son. Smith, who is just now turning 1.
Three months since her shoot, Sam decided to share an inspirational message on her Instagram page with all of her followers. She speaks about the challenges of returning to modeling post-baby and loving yourself and your new body.
“I’ve been wanting to post this for so long and share with you my journey into motherhood raw & unfiltered. Just a reminder about how photos are deceiving, angles are everything & we are all human and in that we all have our flaws! These are shot 4 months after my baby & 7 months later my skin is still all stretched out! This is a reminder of how awesome our bodies are & our journey into our new bodies is all about self love & confidence is key! For me, it has been a ride from losing all my weight to figuring out ways to “bounce” back & in all of it I am proud of my new shape, new skin & new body! There is no such thing as perfection & beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We are all human and take time to heal, give yourself that time & cherish what’s in front of you & what matters most. Sending you all love & healthy vibes”
Samantha has never looked better, had more confidence nor been more radiant. We can’t wait for you to see her photos when the 2020 issue hits newsstands!