5 of Barbara Palvin’s Strappy Neon Looks We’re Obsessed With From the Bahamas

The Hungarian model was featured in the SI Swimsuit Issue four years in a row.
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Barbara Palvin was photographed by Ben Watts in the Bahamas.


Barbara Palvin made her SI Swimsuit debut in 2016 when the Hungarian model traveled to Turks and Caicos with photographer James Macari. She returned to the magazine for three more consecutive years. 

In ’17, she jetted to Curaçao to pose for photographer Ben Watts. The following year, Palvin worked with Watts again, this time in the Bahamas. Her most recent feature with the franchise was in ’19, when she reunited with Macari in Costa Rica.

In addition to her work with SI Swimsuit, Palvin has modeled for Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, and was named a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2019.

Palvin admitted that when SI Swimsuit initially booked her for the magazine, she was “really not comfortable” in her own body. 

“These photos, you see a strong woman who really loves herself and [is] very confident,” the model said of her personal growth journey at her third photo shoot with the brand in the Bahamas.

While it’s difficult to pick our favorite photo shoot of Palvin’s, we have to admit, the swimwear she wore in Harbour Island, Bahamas, really takes the cake—and so does her inner confidence, which shines through in each image. 

Five years later, we’re still obsessed with the neon strappy looks she wore in the tropical location. Below are five of our favorites.

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Barbara Palvin was photographed by Ben Watts in the Bahamas. Swimsuit by Ola Vida.

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Barbara Palvin was photographed by Ben Watts in the Bahamas. Swimsuit by Lee + Lani. Denim by Tommy Hilfiger.

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Barbara Palvin was photographed by Ben Watts in the Bahamas. Swimsuit by INDAH CLOTHING.

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Barbara Palvin was photographed by Ben Watts in the Bahamas. Swimsuit by INDAH CLOTHING.

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Barbara Palvin was photographed by Ben Watts in the Bahamas. Swimsuit by Elissa Beachwear.

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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.