As a model, Camille Kostek claims to suffer with “poor self-esteem moments”: ‘Your body image drives the industry,’
Five times, including one year when she earned the coveted cover spot, Camille Kostek has graced the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. The model had set her sights on the objective when she was a youngster, but getting there wasn’t an easy path.
She stated on The Viall Files podcast that her motivation stemmed from the time she was 15 years old and perused Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. “It made me feel as though they were raw and real when I saw these women on the pages. I had never before seen hips and thighs in a magazine. I did notice freckles. I didn’t see all the Photoshop, and everything needs to be precisely high, tight, and in the appropriate place. It spoke to me at such a young age because it felt true to me.”
While Kostek, 30, said that she had set these goals for herself as a teenager, she went on to add that it was challenging for her to break into the modelling and entertainment fields because she was initially underappreciated and underrepresented.
I have to truly forge my own way, she remarked. “Before I appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, I wasn’t signed. Without an agent, I got the cover. That’s when it began after that. People start asking you, “Who are you, what’s your name, and what do you do?” when you receive that one big yes.”
People would ask, “What does she know about sports,” when they saw her, even when she had previously sought to break into broadcast journalism for sports.
She explained that the key to realising her aspirations was having confidence in oneself, which is crucial “in an industry where you literally have to show up in person and seem as you are.” Even though Kostek has always exuded confidence, she acknowledged that she occasionally has challenges.
She noted that she doesn’t fit the stereotype of a model, saying, “Self-doubt would creep in and poor self esteem moments and things, especially because it’s an industry dominated by your body image and the way that you appear and show yourself.” I have never been, and I never will be, that tall, Amazonian woman.
Kostek’s appearance in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit and subsequent integration into the brand have, to some extent, aided in the development of her profession and her self-confidence.
“becoming the lady in the pages of the [magazine] who people can identify with and say, “I feel comfortable in a swimsuit now, I can buy a bikini, I can wear that bikini on the beach, or I feel this specific way.” For me, success is simply being able to look at a photograph and feel that you could be praised “She spoke.
She also mentioned how much effort had gone into developing her capacity to access genuine self-love, even though observers occasionally misjudge it.
“When people say things like, “You’re so consumed with yourself,” I think it’s a compliment. Thank God, f***ing thank you. You are aware of the time it took? You are aware of the time it took? Because it never ends, self-love is a path that must be undertaken “She spoke. “You’re not doing it right if you don’t have detractors. You’re not speaking up or taking any action. I welcome it.”
Kostek isn’t the only celebrity in the spotlight because she frequently appears with her boyfriend, former NFL player Rob Gronkowski. The model admitted that “it’s challenging being in a public relationship” and the couple cooperates to maintain their sense of reality.
We practise yoga together, we conduct reiki healing, we meditate, and we pray, she said. “My status and Rob’s status in the world of celebrities are irrelevant. We are two people attempting to make sense of the world and take pleasure in the life we have.”