Go Behind the Scenes of Barbara Palvin’s ‘Wild’ SI Swimsuit Fitting Before Her Photo Shoot in the Bahamas

The model made her debut in 2016 and returned for a total of four consecutive appearances in the magazine.
Barbara Palvin was photographed by Ben Watts in the Bahamas.

Barbara Palvin was photographed by Ben Watts in the Bahamas.

Four-time SI Swimsuit model Barbara Palvin has walked across numerous runways, been featured in campaigns such as Armani Beauty and Pull&Bear, and graced the cover of Vogue Portugal, Elle and Allure. She entered the industry when she was 13 years old and hasn’t looked back since. 

Fittings before photo shoots are a piece of cake for Palvin, who made her SI Swimsuit debut in 2016, when she was named Rookie of the Year. 

The Hungarian model and the Swim Team took viewers behind the scenes of her 2018 fitting prior to her photo shoot with Ben Watts in the Bahamas.

“So on the first day, we always do a fitting,” the 29-year-old explained. “You walk in a room and see hundreds of bikinis and you get to pick the 12 most amazing [ones] that fit your body.”

The former Victoria’s Secret Angel tried on a number of neon swimsuits in bikini, one-piece and asymmetrical styles. She showed off her silly side by striking various poses, before slipping into model mode and showing her iconic smolder and adorable smile to the Polaroid camera, an SI Swimsuit fitting staple.

“I think I tried on like 50 bikinis,” Palvin said with a laugh.

“It has boobs and butt and hips,” editor in chief MJ Day added about one stunning suit.

“We worked really hard on it, and I think we picked the most amazing pieces,” Palvin gushed.

“I’m so in love with all of this,” Day continued, looking at all of Palvin’s digital snaps laid out on a table. “Wow!”

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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.