Sports Illustrated models descend on the People’s Playground

Beach bodies! Supermodels invade Coney Island

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Fan favorite: Swimsuit model Hannah Jeter made an appearance to meet and greet with fans.
Boardwalk babe: Swimsuit model Samantha Hoopes strutted the Boardwalk.
Sandy selfies: Models Hannah Ferguson and Samantha Hoopes snapped selfies with beach-goers.
High striker: Visitors tested their strength on free carnival games at the fan fest.
Photo op: Swimsuit model Nina Agdal posed for photos on the red carpet near the Coney Island amphitheater.
Soul food: Rapper and former chef Action Bronson performed at the amphitheater, connecting his love for food and music with a selection of food trucks stationed in the theater during the performance.
Meramid models: Andy Gertler, Sue Beatrice, and Matt Long created a mermaid sand sculpture in honor of the Sports Illustrated Summer of Swim Fan Festival at Coney Island on Aug. 28.

Sports Illustrated swimsuit models made the Boardwalk sizzle during the mag’s Summer of Swim Fan Festival in Coney Island on Aug. 28.

Naturally, the event drew long lines of fans to Sodom by the Sea hoping to meet the cover girls, but even getting to share the beach with them was a dream come true, one attendee said.

“It was a big thrill,” said Matt Long, one of a trio of sand artists who Sports Illustrated commissioned to make a sculpture commemorating the event. “I got paid to work in the sand with a parade of beautiful women, what’s better than that?”

Models including Ashley Graham, Nina Agdal, Samantha Hoope, and Hailey Clauson (who also served as Queen Mermaid in this year’s Mermaid Parade) met fans, autographed magazines, and tested their strength with locals on the carnival classic high striker.

Rapper Action Bronson closed out the evening with a concert at the Boardwalk’s new amphitheater, and the chef-turned-lyricist even curated a selection of food trucks at the event.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2517. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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