HOUSTON – Houston-area native and Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and fellow gymnast Alexandra “Aly” Raisman are showing off their bikini bodies in the 2017 swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated.
In addition to sneak-peek photos by James Macari, Sports Illustrated shared a video from the photo shoot, which was done at the North Houston Skate Park and The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden.
SI swimsuit editor M.J. Day is quoted by Sports Illustrated as saying:
Aly and Simone represent all that is beautiful and strong and inspiring in women today. Women that are not only elite athletes, that are captivating and impressive in their own professional accomplishments (lots and lots of Olympic gold medals between them), but strikingly sexy and beautiful in front of…(the) lens.
I love seeing them shine in an entirely different way in the Swimsuit issue and being able to share these gorgeous and powerful images with the world. These women, their beauty, and what they can achieve know no limits.
The photo shoot comes five months after Biles, 19, and Raisman, 22, achieved gold in the Rio De Janeiro Olympics as part of the United States gymnastics team dubbed the Final Five.