Olivia Ponton made her debut as a SI Swimsuit Rookie in 2022, being photographed by James Macari in Montenegro.

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She was joined by Duckie Thot, Brooks Nader, Lorena Duran, Josephine Skriver, Yumi Nu and Katie Austin.

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Hair: DJ Quintero of the Wall Group Makeup: Christyna Kay of Art Department Photographer: James Macar

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Ponton uses her popularity to spread positivity. At just 19, the Florida native shot to internet stardom in early 2020, shortly after signing to Wilhelmina Models NYC.

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Since then, she’s amassed 10.7 million followers across her social media platforms, where she promotes self-love, the importance of a healthy mind and body and the philosophy of being kind to others.

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Montenegro is filled with breathtaking scenery, distinctive culture and tradition, offering an unforgettable traveling experience.

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Montenegrins are proud, generous, welcoming and open to everyone. Combining Mediterranean charm with Balkan passion,

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it’s no wonder Montenegro has slowly emerged as one of the leading tourist destinations in Europe.

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Filled with natural beauty, this country of miracles made an obvious choice to be the first stop of the year for the SI Swimsuit team as they began production for the 2022 Issue.

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Montenegro’s landscape is stunning, vast and feels almost untouched.

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By the sea you get a Mediterranean vibe (though, technically on the Adriatic sea), while the northern part of the country offers beautiful mountains, lakes and cooler temperatures.

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The team wanted to work with suits that felt natural in the surroundings and that had a utilitarian edge to them. 

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Burnt oranges and olive greens and browns were some of our favorite tones here as they reflected the natural colors of the architecture and nature.

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