8 Incredible Photos of Swim Search Finalist Erin Willerton

The model was featured in the 2019 SI Swimsuit Issue.
Erin Willerton

Erin Willerton was photographed by Yu Tsai in the Bahamas.

As a finalist in the 2019 SI Swim Search, British model Erin Willerton traveled to the Bahamas with five other women, where they were photographed by Yu Tsai.

Willerton admitted that being a finalist in the brand’s open casting call not only brought her additional career opportunities, it also gave her an incredible boost of self-worth.

“I feel as though I have really found what makes me happy and ignited a confidence that I had lost somewhere in my teen years,” she shared.

Willerton was working toward her philosophy degree at the time of her photo shoot and stated that she hoped to pursue both modeling and philosophy moving forward. She mentioned she has a great group of supportive friends and family members who always cheer her on in her endeavors.

“I would love to be a model/female philosopher,” she said. “There’s much to say epistemically about what some people expect models to have to say in the world of philosophy, I would love to prove some of them wrong.”

Since her SI Swimsuit photo shoot four years ago, Willerton continues to model and regularly shares bikini and lifestyle photos on Instagram.

Below are eight of our favorite images from Willerton’s photo shoot with Tsai in Paradise Island, Bahamas.


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