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How Haley Kalil Went From Girl-Next-Door to Wilhelmina Model


How Haley Kalil Went From Girl-Next-Door to Wilhelmina Model

By Caroline Perrott | January 4, 2021 | People

SI Swimsuit model Haley Kalil is the all-American girl next door who caught the eyes of Miamians in 2017 when she was a member of the top 15 in Sports Illustrated’s Swim Search. Her red hair, body-positive mindset and impressive double major in biomedical sciences and psychology with a minor in chemistry from St. Cloud University put Kalil on the top of our girl crush list. Get to know the Wilhelmina model here as we run through a round of quick-fire questions.

Print54023O06Z-0001.jpgMinnesota native Haley Kalil and co-winner (alongside pal Camille Kostek) of SI Swimsuit’s first-ever open casting call

Most memorable moment (so far) in your modeling career? SI Swimsuit... because it was my first photo shoot ever (besides senior photos)... crazy!

Nickname? Haley Baylee or Hales

Dream job? Landing the cover of SI Swimsuit or any other major fashion publication

What is something you can never overinvest in? Your family, friends and life goals

Most prized possession? My three fur babies

Beauty ritual that you’d follow every day? Sunscreen, water, sunscreen, water and more sunscreen!

How would you describe yourself in three words? Quirky, nerdy and outgoing

What is the biggest surprise you’ve ever had? Going from working in an immunology lab to seeing myself in the pages of SI Swimsuit

Do you have a favorite exercise? Anything booty related... sign me up.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? It’s the will, not the skill. Passion and hard work will always prevail.

What’s next for you in your career? Fingers crossed for a cover!

Words you live by? Stay humble and kind at all times. Beauty fades, but humility and kindness last a lifetime.

Favorite dinner spot in Miami? Anywhere with a supertasty cheeseburger. Give me all the cheese!


Photography by: From top, photo: by Christian Michel; by Nick Suarez, beauty by Veronica Velez