All the votes have been tallied, and the results are in. Sara Sampaio has won the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Rookie of the Year.
It was a tough race this year, but Sampaio managed to emerge victorious from a crowded field that included Emily Ratajkowski and Hannah Ferguson. You may remember Ratajkowski as the breakout star from the video for the song “Blurred Lines,” and Ferguson was many people’s favorite for the award. Still, the prize went to Sampaio, and Ferguson and Ratajkowski placed second and third respectively.
Sampaio is no stranger to victory. She also won a Portuguese Golden Globe in 2011 and 2012 for Best Female Model. Although winning that award twice in her home country was probably nice, winning the Rookie of the Year Award is maybe even better. It’s probably like winning Rookie of the Year in MLB after winning a championship in the minor leagues.