Yumi Nu says she ‘was shaking’ after touchdown the SI Swim 2022 cowl: ‘They acquired me actually good’


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Yumi Nu didn’t know what to do with herself after she discovered that she made the duvet of Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit.

The mannequin and recording artist made a splash this 12 months alongside Kim Kardashian, Maye Musk and Ciara as the most recent cowl ladies.

“I could not speak,” the 25-year-old informed the New York Post on Monday following the announcement. “I had full body chills. I was shaking. I was crying. They got me really good.”

The curve mannequin famous that her first cellphone name was to her boyfriend Dimitri Dinas.


Yumi Nu is on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit's 2022 issue.

Yumi Nu is on the duvet of Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit’s 2022 subject.
(James Macari/Sports activities Illustrated)

“He was freaking out,” she gushed. “He was like, ‘If I were a teenage boy, I’d have a poster of you in my room. Now I’m dating an SI cover girl.’”

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Nu is making a mark inside her household. Her mom is the daughter of Benihana founder Rocky Aoki. Nu can also be the niece of DJ Steve Aoki and fellow mannequin Devon Aoki. Not solely did she seem on the duvet of the coveted September Vogue subject alongside a supermodel posse, however she was additionally the primary Asian curve mannequin to land the duvet of Vogue Japan.

“It’s amazing. I’m on cloud nine,” Nu mirrored to the outlet. “There is nothing I could prepare for. It’s unexpected. I feel like we’re in a place right now where people are making space for more diversity on magazine covers. It’s a big time for Asian American people in media. I know I play a big role in representation in body diversity and race diversity, and I love to be a role model and representative of the plus-size Asian community.”

The New Jersey native credited Ashley Graham, who landed the duvet in 2016, for breaking obstacles.

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Yumi Nu attends the 2022 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Reveal on May 11, 2022, in New York City. 

Yumi Nu attends the 2022 Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit Cowl Reveal on Might 11, 2022, in New York Metropolis. 
(Mike Coppola/Getty Photographs for SI Swimsuit)

“Her SI cover changed so many people’s lives, and I think it changed the industry because you have this legendary publication putting its first curve model on the cover,” she stated.

Nu added that fellow SI Swimsuit mannequin Hunter McGrady has additionally been an inspiration for her.

SI Swimsuit’s editor-in-chief MJ Day shared that Nu made her debut in 2021 earlier than showing on the duvet.

“In her first year of being in the spotlight, Yumi is coming into who she is and taking on the responsibility of what she stands for,” stated Day.

Yumi Nu attends the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit celebration of the launch of the 2021 Issue on July 24, 2021, in Hollywood, Florida.

Yumi Nu attends the Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit celebration of the launch of the 2021 Problem on July 24, 2021, in Hollywood, Florida.
(Rodrigo Varela/Getty Photographs for Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit)

The unique swimsuit subject ran in 1964. It has been a launching pad for fashions equivalent to Kathy Eire, Christie Brinkley, Elle Macpherson, Kate Upton and Graham.

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Over time the difficulty has tried to remain recent, with painted bikinis, plus-sized fashions, unedited images, tiny swimsuits, amputee fashions, older fashions and the addition {of professional} athletes and celebrities in relationships.

This 12 months’s subject will embody 28 ladies, together with WNBA stars Sue Fowl and Breanna Stewart, newcomer Duckie Thot, former cowl lady Camille Kostek, in addition to 2021’s Rookie of the 12 months Katrina Scott, who was photographed when she was six and a half months pregnant. Kate Bock can even mark a decade of appearances on this 12 months’s subject.

The journal hits newsstands on Might 19.

The Related Press contributed to this report.


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