Sports Illustrated Swimsuit names Katrina Scott 2021 Rookie of the Year: ‘An incredible example’

Katrina Scott was the recipient of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2021 Junior Rookie of the Year award.

Each year, the magazine features a group of women known as “The Freshmen,” which means it’s the first time they’ve appeared in this issue. This year’s junior squad includes Yumi No, Nima Tang, Cathy Jacobs, Tani White, Lena Bloom, Maggie Rollins and Natalie Maridwina.

“We are excited to announce Katrina Scott as our Rookie of the Year and celebrate as a role model!” SI Swim’s MJ Day editor-in-chief told Fox News Friday in a statement. “Katrina’s story is so inspiring, as a self-made entrepreneur, she’s built a global fitness brand, is a New York Times bestseller and above all is a mother, wife, and now SI Swimming model.”

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Katrina Scott is the rookie of the year for SI Swimsuit.
(Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated)

“Her introduction to swimwear was unconventional – she started creating exercise videos for our followers during the pandemic,” Day shared. “The partnership developed rapidly and we realized how much Katrina had impacted our fans. Her willingness to use her knowledge, strength, and strength to open up about the gains and losses in her professional and personal life to raise awareness of others, is perfectly consistent with our work to create a safe space for self-expression.”

“Katrina is a great example of someone who will help us continue to think outside the box and push the envelope to champion change for women,” Day revealed. “We couldn’t be happier to call her the best female rookie of 2021!”

Scott, a proud mother to 2-year-old daughter Isabel, made her debut in the 2021 issue on the beaches of Florida where she is photographed by Yu Tsai. Scott went on to walk the magazine’s annual Swim Week fashion show while she was going through IVF. Scott has spoken candidly about her journey with treatments after experiencing two miscarriages.

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Katrina Scott walks the 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show during Paraiso Miami Beach at Mondrian South Beach on July 10, 2021, in Miami, Florida.

Katrina Scott walks the 2021 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show during Paraiso Miami Beach at Mondrian South Beach on July 10, 2021, in Miami, Florida.
(Photo by John Barra/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

Back in July, Scott told Fox News Digital that being a freshman at 37 was a “blessing.”

“I feel like ‘newbie’ is a representation of Sports Illustrated saying, ‘Welcome to the family,'” Scott said at the time. I am a mother of one. I have three angels I’ve lost in three pregnancies in the last year. Work through it every day.”

“I’ve been going through a fertility journey and I don’t feel 100% confident, beautiful or worthwhile,” Scott continued. “And then Sports Illustrated says, ‘Hey, we want you to be our apprentice’—that’s like saying I’m still worthy and beautiful. I can represent others who may not feel like enough now. I want to make sure every woman knows she’s enough.”

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Katrina Scott is the co-founder of Tone It Up.

Katrina Scott is the co-founder of Tone It Up.
(Photo by Alexandre Tamargo/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

The fitness trainer also described in detail how she prepared physically for the shoot.

“When I was getting ready to shoot, I was developing a program called 640,” Scott explained. “Six days a week I’ve been doing 40 minutes of exercise at 6 a.m. so I finish by 6:40 a.m. As a mum you don’t always have time to work out, so I knew if I did it first thing in the morning I wouldn’t have to think about It’s for the rest of the day.”

“I set my alarm for 5:45 a.m. and started training at 6 a.m. for these 40 minutes,” Scott said. “I included sculpting yoga, strength training, all the things I taught at Live for Sports Illustrated… I actually filmed all the workouts I was doing. It’s called ‘Tone It Up 640’ and it has really helped a lot of women.”

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