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Brooks Nader and Camille Kostek Wrap Up the TSN L.A. Event

The SI Swimsuit models shared their thoughts after the weekend’s Swimfluence activities.
Camille Kostek and Brooks Nader at the TSN Experience.

Camille Kostek and Brooks Nader at the TSN Experience.

The room was buzzing with positive energy, excitement and potential. “We’re under the Swimfluence: me and Camille and everyone here,” said Brooks Nader.

Both Nader and Camille Kostek are past SI Swim Search winners. Kostek entered the very first Swim Search the brand ever hosted, back in 2018, and was named a co-winner along with Haley Kalil. Nader won the Swim Search the following year. Every year the camaraderie among the Swim Search women grows stronger, which is part of what inspired us to create the Swimfluence Network app, a community in which women can support, inspire one another and grow together.

This weekend SI Swimsuit hosted its very first Swimfluence Network Experience, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles CA, where hundreds of women were able to come together in person, and meet each other and the SI Swimsuit team. Kostek and Nader were at the event to share the wisdom that they’ve gained about the modeling industry and more, having been a part of the SI brand.

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At the end of the day, having participated in a panel along with model Hailey Clauson and SI Swimsuit producers Joanna Giunta and Margot Zamet, Nader reflected, “We got to see the girls, we got to hug them, we got to get to know them. We got to just feel the energy around us of SI Swimsuit and the Swimfluence Network. My panel talked about how to protect yourself in the modeling industry. We talked about where our inspiration comes from, the shoots, the highs, the lows, everything. We touched on it all.”

Kostek also spoke on a Swim Talks panel as well as a roundtable. Kostek shared, “I think my favorite part about [my panel] was the lineup. It was [SI Swimsuit editor in chief] MJ [Day]. It was Yu Tsai. I was one of the first winners of Swim Search, and we had our newest rookies, Katie Austin and Christen Harper. We talked about [how] you don’t have to have a plan. Trust the journey. Enjoy the struggles [and] understand that you are in the right place at the right time.”

Yu Tsai, Katie Austin, Christen Harper, Camille Kostek and MJ Day on their Swim Talks panel.

Yu Tsai, Katie Austin, Christen Harper, Camille Kostek and MJ Day on their Swim Talks panel.

The advice from both women, and that of the SI Swimsuit models and mentors who attended the event, was soaked up by all of the attendees and couldn’t have come at a better time as the deadline to submit for Swim Search 2022 is this Monday, February 14 at 5 p.m. EST. For more information on that, see this link.

Everyone in the SI Swimsuit community is still riding the high from the very first Swimfluence Network Experience. We all can’t wait for the next one. “I want to do it again tomorrow,” says Nader. Kostek added, “I don’t know how we’re gonna leave today, because everyone was just loving each other.”

For more photos from the event, view the photo gallery.