The Top 10 Photos of Samantha Hoopes in the British Virgin Islands

The seven-time SI Swimsuit model made her most recent appearance in 2020.

Samantha Hoopes made her SI Swimsuit debut in 2014 and returned to the magazine each year through ’20. The social media influencer has also worked with notable brands including Guess and Levi’s.

Her first year in the SI Swimsuit Issue, Hoopes posed for a bodypaint feature in St. Lucia, and she’s traveled everywhere from Malta to Australia to the British Virgin Islands for her seven total magazine appearances.

Today, Hoopes is married to Salvatore Palella. They are parents to two children: a son, George, whom they welcomed in 2019, and daughter Kennedy, who was born in ’21. The 32-year-old frequently shares snippets from life with her family of four on Instagram.

At her most recent photo shoot, Hoopes discussed her personal growth journey since her first feature with SI Swimsuit.

“It’s crazy, the past seven years, how you can grow and change, and now I’m a mom!” Hoopes said. “Like, I’m responsible for someone else, it’s insane. And I’m just so happy and I feel strong and confident and I think that’s what it’s all about, so here’s to lucky number seven.”

Below are 10 stunning images photographer Josie Clough captured of Hoopes in Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands.

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Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.