Name: Ella Halikas
Hometown: Walnut Creek, Calif.
Occupation: Curve Model and Influencer
What inspired you to try out for SI Swim Search?
Finding my true self-confidence and wanting to unleash my full potential.
What would it mean to you to win Swim Search?
It would mean that weight no longer defines my worth and that true beauty has always lied within.
What has been the best part about being a part of the Swim Search community?
Finding a diverse group of women who truly want to see each other succeed and don't allow one's beauty to take away from their own.
What is your favorite SI Swimsuit memory?
Seeing Ashley Graham grace the cover of SI in 2016 -- it wasn't until I saw this cover that I realized “Wow, I could do this too.”
Who is your role model?
What would you tell your younger self?
Put the damn bikini on.
How are you preparing for the SI Swim Search photoshoot?
I'm prioritizing my mental and physical health right now by staying consistent with my workouts and maintaining a well-balanced diet.
Who was the first person you told the good news to?
My sister. I'm thankful for the relationship that I have with her as she has always been by my side through thick and thin.