6 Striking Photos of Four-Time SI Swim Model Marquita Pring in Puerto Rico

The New York native made her debut with the magazine in 2020.
Marquita Pring was photographed by Ben Watts in Puerto Rico.

Marquita Pring was photographed by Ben Watts in Puerto Rico.


Marquita Pring entered the modeling industry with a bang in 2011, when she appeared in a groundbreaking cover story for Vogue Italia alongside fellow plus size models Candice Huffine, Robyn Lawley and Tara Lynn. The upstate New York native made her SI Swimsuit debut in 2020 in Wyoming, and has returned to the magazine every year since. She was photographed by Anne Menke in Sacramento for her sophomore photoshoot and worked with Ben Watts in Barbados last year. Most recently, Pring traveled to Puerto Rico for her appearance in the 2023 issue.

The model has built her platform to be a space where she advocates for body positivity and diversity within the fashion and modeling industries, while she also encourages people to take charge of their own mental health.

“To really understand yourself and what triggers you and what sets you off to understand your boundaries and to trust your intuition. I think those are things that I have really struggled with my entire life, and it’s taken me a long time to get to where I am. But therapy has been a huge help for me,” she shared. “It [has] become a part of my life that just sort of helps me in every aspect to just be able to speak to somebody that you’ve gotten to know and trust a professional who can just help you deal with any issue you might have. At the end of the day, we are all humans and we are all so similar, despite our differences, in the things that we’ve dealt with in childhood, the trauma we’ve had to deal with and the ways that we find to cope. Just listen to yourself, listen to your intuition and grow.”

Below are six of our favorite photos from this year’s photoshoot with Ben Watts.

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Marquita Pring was photographed by Ben Watts in Puerto Rico. Swimsuit by Missoni. Earrings and bracelets by Eklexic Jewelry.

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Marquita Pring was photographed by Ben Watts in Puerto Rico. Swimsuit by Anna Kosturova.

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Marquita Pring was photographed by Ben Watts in Puerto Rico. Swimsuit by Love You More Swim. Earrings by Jennifer Meyer.

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Marquita Pring was photographed by Ben Watts in Puerto Rico. Swimsuit by SHOP BALOU. Earrings by Brinker + Eliza.

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Marquita Pring was photographed by Ben Watts in Puerto Rico. Swimsuit by Montce. Earrings and bracelets Eklexic Jewelry.

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Marquita Pring was photographed by Ben Watts in Puerto Rico. Swimsuit by Bahama Mama Beachwear. Necklace by ANNI LU. Anklet by KBH Jewelry.

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Ananya Panchal

ANANYA PANCHAL

Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.