Sports Illustrated swimsuit model dishes on turn as hero nurse

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Maggie Rawlins, a registered nurse who went from being a model to a hero on the frontlines of the coronavirus fight, is getting ready for her big closeup in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.

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In March, the magazine announced Rawlins as one of the models for its annual edition, which hits shelves July 10. Her busy year lending a hand as a volunteer healthcare professional helped catapult her into the spotlight.

“I feel like everyone has a role and a responsibility to play during the pandemic,” Rawlins told People magazine. “Since I have an active nursing license, I felt like (going back to nursing) was the right thing to do.”

Rawlins felt a responsibility to help, she added. “You just hit the ground running. There were a lot of obstacles.

The SI Rookie admits that she was nervous jumping to the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight, but called her decision a “no brainer” in a recent interview with the New York Post.

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“I’ve been a nurse for six years, so it’s always been a part of my story,” the South Carolina native said. “It was cool to see people from all over the country coming together. That was really inspiring.”

Rawlins told the Post that during her three-week stint treating patients, she went unrecognized as a model.

“I was covered head-to-toe (in PPE),” she said. “And I don’t think anyone would have cared.”

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But Rawlins says the opportunity has given her a chance to highlight her work with OneWorld Health, which helps provide care to underserved communities.

“SI definitely gave me a platform I didn’t have before,” she told the Post. “I feel like I have been given more of a voice.”

Rawlins told the Post she had no idea SI was scouting her for their upcoming issue. “I got a call from my agent saying I was up for it. Then two hours later, he said, ‘You’re confirmed for Sports Illustrated, and you’re shooting in three weeks,’” she said.

After indulging at home during the pandemic, Rawlins “did a lot of at-home Pilates and the Sculpt Society app with Megan Roup” to help get herself swimsuit ready.

SI’s swimsuit edition will also feature Canadian model Kate Bock, who has appeared in the issue eight previous times.

“This unprecedented year has made me even more grateful for every opportunity in my life,” Bock, 33, shared in an Instagram post.

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