Throughout all this Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue madness, we tend to lose sight of the newcomers, the rookies, the n00bz who are poised to become the next big things in swimsuit wearing. So, with everyone drooling over Irina and some of the other vets (and rightfully so), we decided to shine the spotlight on the 8 women competing for a spot in the 2012 issue in SI’s Model Search : Catrinel Menghia, Elena Baguci, Elisandra Tomacheski, Tamiris Souza Freitas, Kasia Gogolkiewicz, Jessica Perez, and Jasmine Tookes.
Catrinel Menghia – Romania
This 25 year old Romanian rose was discovered on the streets at 16 before moving to Bucharest to start her modeling career. In November 2001, she participated in the Ford Supermodel of the World Romania contest where she won the second runner-up prize. Her credits include spreads in the 2006 South African Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, FHM and Maxim. She’s been the face of the French lingerie brand Lise Charmel since 2005 and now helps sell Giorgio Armani with her good looks. Her sister’s a high-jumper for the University of Nebraska.
Elena Baguci – Romania
Here’s another red hot Romanian who’s about to blow…the lid off America. Twenty-four year old Elena was discovered around the age of 15 when her aunt brought her to a casting call. She’s done promotional work for Emporio Armani, Gucci, Givenchy, Kenneth Cole, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent. She’s appeared on the covers of harper’s Bazaar in Greece, Vogue in Russia and Spain and a mag called “Grazia” in Italy. Here’s a fun fact: she has a tat on her tummy. Possibly from playing “tummy sticks”? That’s yummy!
Elisandra Tomacheski – Brazil
Eli’s is a blonde haired, blue eyed 25 year old Brazilian beauty who was discovered when she was shopping with her mom. She’s modeled for clothing companies like Izod and Foschini Limited and has appeared on the cover of the Japanese magazine “Sure”. Sure, why not? She’s hot. Never thought I’d see a Brazilian chick with the last name Tomacheski.
Tamiris Souza Freitas – Brazil
Tam Tam’s a 23 year old Brazilian bombshell currently based in NYC. In addition to her extensive runway work, she’s appeared in Allure, Complex, Cosmo UK, GQ Spain, Glamour US & UK, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair Italy, and Vogue in Australia and Russia. She was also hand-picked by Jennifer Lopez to be the face of her brand “Sweetface”. Her other promotional credits include ads for American Eagle, Armani Exchange, Benetton, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, DKNY jeans, Express, GAP Body, Garnier Fructis – France, H&M Germany, J Crew, JC Penney, Levi’s, Lord and Taylor, Macy’s, Nike, Nordstrom, Old Navy, Rocawear, Target, and Victoria’s Secret. Screw the diet, I could go for a side of Freitas, fo sho.
Kasia Gogolkiewicz – Poland
Kasia’s a blonde haired green eyed 27 year old Polish stunner who was discovered at 14 when she accompanied her friend to a casting call. She’s appeared on the cover of the Italian magazine “Bella!”. How appropriate. Judging from her Facebook page and SI profile, she’s graduated from the University of Lodz with a law degree. I wonder if she specializes in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark lawsuits?
Jessica Perez – CA, USA
Jessica’s a blonde haired blue eyed 24 year old Costa Rican knockout who’s appeared on the cover of the Swiss magazine Bolero and in editorial pieces for Glamour and Nylon. She has no relation to Rosie. We think. She was discovered out a store in SoHo by a booker for Trump.
She’s done ad campaigns for Levi’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Sephora in addition to appearances in Glamour, Elle, Nylon, and Cosmo.
Kathy Leutner – VA, USA
Kathy’s a blonde haired green eyed red blooded American WAG who’s done commercial work for Abercrombie & Fitch and has appeared in Self, Glamour, Marie Claire, and Cosmo. She was actually discovered at an A&F store in Virginia and is rumored to be dating Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sid “The Kid” Crosby. Wonder if he ever tries the 5 hole?
Jasmine Tookes – CA, USA
Jazz Hands aka “Jas” is a hot 19 year old model from Huntington Beach, California who was born in 1991 and “discovered” in 2005 while shopping with her mama dukes. She’s appeared in ads for Hollister, DKNY, Ugg, Polaroid, and Abercrombie & Fitch and has also modeled for Lauren Conrad’s clothing line. According to New York Magazine, she’s one of the faces of GAP jeans. She’s causing a gap in my jeans.