5 Angelic SI Swimsuit Photos of Yumi Nu in Belize

The four-time brand model traveled to Central America to pose for this year’s 60th anniversary issue.
Yumi Nu was photographed by Derek Kettela in Belize.
Yumi Nu was photographed by Derek Kettela in Belize. / Derek Kettela/Sports Illustrated

Model and musician Yumi Nu first posed for the SI Swimsuit Issue in 2021 and has returned to the fold every year since. She landed the cover of the magazine in ’22, following her photo shoot in Montenegro, and that same year, became the first plus-size model to land the cover of Vogue Japan.

Addtionally, her work with SI Swimsuit has taken her to Tampa, Fla., Dominica and, for the 60th anniversary issue, Belize. The styling on location in Central America embraced a fully white color palette in order to allow the stunning backdrop (and the beauty of talent like Nu) to really shine.

Upon learning of her SI Swimsuit cover feature in 2022, Nu noted that she “[had] not been able to sleep, breathe or think straight” since finding out the exciting news.

“I think my 13-year-old self had already been tainted by societal beliefs of what you need to look like to be on a cover. If she would’ve saw it before she saw anything else, I think she would have lived a different life with a different head space,” Nu told People that year. “That’s why this is important now and has always been needed.”

We’re beyond thrilled that the 27-year-old returned to the fold this year for her fourth consecutive SI Swimsuit Issue feature. Below are just a few of our favorite snaps from her photo shoot in the 60th anniversary issue, all of which were photographed by Derek Kettela.

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Yumi Nu was photographed by Derek Kettela in Belize. Swimsuit by Asta Resort. Necklaces by MONIES. / Derek Kettela/Sports Illustrated
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Yumi Nu was photographed by Derek Kettela in Belize. Swimsuit by Asta Resort. Scarf by Swimsuits for All x Camille Kostek. / Derek Kettela/Sports Illustrated
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Yumi Nu was photographed by Derek Kettela in Belize. Swimsuit by Four Three Seven. Bracelets by Alexis Bittar. / Derek Kettela/Sports Illustrated
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Yumi Nu was photographed by Derek Kettela in Belize. Swimsuit by JMP The Label. Anklet by Andi Bagus. / Derek Kettela/Sports Illustrated
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Yumi Nu was photographed by Derek Kettela in Belize. Swimsuit by MESHKI. Necklace by Alexis Bittar. / Derek Kettela/Sports Illustrated

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Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.