After modeling for seven years, Kim Riekenberg is making her Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit debut.
The German star is featured within the present situation on newsstands now, which additionally highlights Kate Bock, Jasmine Sanders and Olivia Culpo as the latest coveted cowl ladies.
Riekenberg, who was found whereas consuming pizza in Hamburg, did her SI shoot in Wyoming, a state that reminded her of her childhood dwelling. Afterward, she had no qualms sharing the scorching snaps with her boyfriend’s household.
Riekenberg spoke to Fox Information about seeing her SI photographs for the primary time, how she stays in form all yr, her responsible meals pleasures and the man German mannequin she will get in comparison with.
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Fox Information: How does it really feel to be a part of SI Swimsuit’s 2020 situation?
Kim Riekenberg: Nicely, it is such an thrilling second for me as a result of I am a rookie. I am new to this household, however as I stated in so many interviews earlier than already, it felt like a household from the primary second. Even once I walked into [editor] MJ Day’s workplace for the casting, I used to be so welcomed, and we had such a beautiful speak.
It was very completely different from a typical casting. And I simply left the constructing with such a superb feeling, and the journey simply continued like that. So I am very glad that I had this chance to lastly shoot for them. And I take it in my coronary heart, and may’t watch for extra
Fox Information: How have been you found as a mannequin?
Riekenberg: It’s just a little bit cliché as a result of I used to be in Hamburg for a purchasing tour. I grew up in a really small city, so throughout faculty holidays, I’d go to Hamburg for a purchasing tour. After which we simply had lunch, me and my mates.
After which my [future] booker came to visit. She requested me how tall I used to be and if I’d have an interest to return to the company after lunch. And me holding the pizza, what do you count on, what do you say? I simply stated sure and truly went there. And from there on, my journey continued.
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Fox Information: What was it like rising up in a small city?
Riekenberg: I used to be within the woods on a regular basis. I [caught] frogs and simply performed with filth throughout all of the fields the place the cows are. And properly, typically, you stepped in some s—t as properly [laughs]. I used to be only a nature little one. I used to be very inventive with my mates. We didn’t have cell telephones and we didn’t have social media, so we needed to be just a little bit extra inventive. … However I actually liked it.
Fox Information: To your SI Swimsuit shoot, you went to Wyoming. What was it like?
Riekenberg: Nicely, I by no means actually traveled far into the nation in America till that day, so it was very thrilling going there. I simply heard so many nice tales [about Wyoming], and I used to be very curious the way it was going to look. We went within the fall, which is the proper season of the yr. There are such a lot of lovely colours surrounding you. The bushes have been inexperienced, however up within the mountains, there was snow already. It felt like I used to be surrounded by a residing portray. All of it felt so unreal.
We had these little tiny homes for ourselves. It was a really outdated ranch that they rebuilt. I felt like I used to be in a fairy story or film. It was so completely different from what I’ve skilled earlier than. Nevertheless it was very chilly! So figuring out it’s a must to shoot in a bikini the following day, it’s a must to mentally put together [laughs]. However I used to be so enthusiastic about this shoot that I actually forgot how chilly it was. And the crew would throw me a blanket each time a shot was carried out.
As soon as I used to be carried out, I simply jumped right into a heat van that they’d heated up for me. The entire expertise was so beautiful. Realizing that I used to be a rookie, there was a way of pleasure within the air. And I simply knew my life modified that day as a mannequin. It’s one other step in my profession. Nevertheless it was all simply so lovely.
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Fox Information: What was going by means of your thoughts if you noticed your photographs for the primary time?
Riekenberg: My boyfriend was truly subsequent to me. That day, the launch day, was when the household of my boyfriend was right here. I simply noticed it randomly on my telephone that they lastly posted my first image. I used to be simply so excited. I used to be like ‘Yay!’ I simply confirmed it round. I virtually cried, however I used to be in a position to maintain it again for just a little bit. Nevertheless it was so thrilling. And I couldn’t go to sleep that night time as a result of I used to be so excited to lastly see it.
I keep in mind displaying them [my photo] in a bikini. I used to be like, ‘Hello, that’s me.’ [laughs]. However I feel they have been sort of proud, too. And all of us cheered after that. It was a lovely second. It was truly good to share it with somebody particularly since we couldn’t rejoice as an SI household this yr. … However there shall be a time once we can all see one another once more quickly.
Fox Information: How did you bodily put together in your shoot?
Riekenberg: It’s humorous as a result of I truly didn’t have a lot time to arrange. I solely had 10 days to arrange as a result of my spot was the final one and I received the affirmation so spontaneously earlier than the shoot. So all I might do is eat just a little bit extra wholesome and go to my Pilates class, as I at all times do.
However I sort of admire that I didn’t have a lot time to arrange as a result of it was like, take it because it comes. Be who you’re. Don’t change something about your self. MJ favored me the way in which I used to be. I felt much more assured simply being myself. I attempted to shine one of the best that I might.
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Fox Information: It looks as if Pilates may be very in style amongst SI Swimsuit fashions.
Riekenberg: I at all times do Pilates wherever I’m. I at all times discover myself a studio, as a result of that’s the one [workout routine] I like. And I feel it shapes your physique very properly.
And also you don’t must do it day by day as a result of it’s intense. At my studio, they simply say, ‘Go two to a few occasions, however no extra.’ As a result of then when you proceed doing it, it’s going to knock you out. We nonetheless want lots of vitality to do our shoots and jobs and journey. It’s important to discover the stability.
Fox Information: What’s in your plate for cheat day?
Riekenberg: It’s one thing salty, which might be pizza or pasta. After which it might be one thing candy after, as a result of there’s at all times a spot for dessert, I feel. And it will likely be one thing creamy and chocolaty –everything I can get.
Fox Information: Germany is understood for its chocolate.
Riekenberg: I’m [lucky] over right here [laughs]. However truly, Germans love Italian meals, so now we have lots of Italian locations right here. And I’ve so say, I like Italian, too. So fortunate me, now we have so many.
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Fox Information: Have you ever been in contrast to Claudia Schiffer?
Riekenberg: Just a few individuals are telling me this, however truly in the intervening time, I get in contrast with Heidi Klum a lot as a result of she was 25 when she received the duvet for SI. So in Germany, that is the factor that’s the matter in the intervening time. It’s humorous, you at all times get in contrast on this trade.