4 stunning photos of Swim Search finalist and former NFL cheerleader Summer Wilson in Atlantic City

Summer Wilson was photographed by Yu Tsai in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Swim Search finalist Summer Wilson got engaged last month, and in honor of the exciting milestone for her and now-fiancé Mike Fox, we’re taking a look back at some beautiful photos from her 2021 shoot with Yu Tsai in Atlantic City.

The North Carolina native is a former NFL cheerleader and worked for the Baltimore Raves for five years before deciding to work full-time as a model and interior designer. She earned her public relations degree from East Carolina University and briefly worked as a medical sales representative.

“It certainly felt like a crazy idea at first as I had never photographed professionally in bikinis before, but I don’t regret it one bit,” she said of her decision to apply for the open casting call. “I loved representing a brand as a cheerleader in the NFL, but I felt like now was the time to finally represent myself and be my own brand.”

Fox, her boyfriend at the time, was the first person Wilson told about it after she was named a finalist.

“He was so excited and supported me throughout the whole process,” she recalls. “You definitely need to get yourself a hype man!”

The two got engaged in July with a stunning, dramatic, custom ring for a gorgeous beach engagement proposal.

“The best weekend of my life 💍 @mike_fox 🫶🏼 so grateful to everyone who came out to celebrate with us this weekend and for all the effort that went into making this an epic day! We love you more than you think! More photos will follow. For now, I will continue living in this daydream 😭🥰,” Wilson wrote at the time.

Below are four of our favorite photos from her 2021 shoot in Atlantic City.

Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

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