Samantha Hoopes is back for her sixth Sports Illustrated Swimsuit photo shoot but she has plenty of other reasons to celebrate these days.
The 28-year-old model is expecting her first child with fiancé Salvatore Palella. She also bonded with new SI Swimsuit cover girl Camille Kostek and is happily meeting fans both men and women.
Hoopes, along with 31 other pinups, recently headed to Miami for “SI Swimsuit on Location,” a two-day ticketed exhibition that gave fans the opportunity to explore one-of-a-kind installations and photo experiences, among others.
Hoopes spoke to Fox News about the shocking reaction she received from followers after her pregnancy announcement, her relationship with fans and embracing her curves.
“I block all the trolls on social media. I just don’t have time for hate or negativity in my life. If I type something out of anger, I just end up in a text fight and what good is that going to do? I just block and move on. It’s not worth it. You can’t fight fire with fire.
But this time it’s super interesting because I have people going into my DMs saying their goodbyes to me or that they’re leaving me forever because I’m pregnant. This one kid wrote, “Wow, I followed you since I was 15 and now I’m 20. You’re pregnant now and I just wanted to say goodbye.” Alright, goodbye, I don’t need you in my life anyway. But I am getting messages where it sounds like I’m dying or something because I’m pregnant. One wrote “It’s been fun these past five years. Goodbye.” But again, you don’t need those type of people in your life.”
“Pregnancy is so beautiful. You’re creating a baby. You’re creating a life. You’re creating the next generation. We have the capability to do that and I'm just in awe of it all. Yes, I’m getting cellulite that I didn’t have before, but this is a beautiful moment in my life. And my bump has become my biggest accessory. I love showing off my bump in tight clothes because it’s so cute.” She told (Thu 27) Views: 1,708
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