She dons a bikini for the mag’s 2017 swimsuit issue, and she says it was her favorite photoshoot ever. “It was so awesome. I really wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be to shoot the issue. I just felt so confident.”
She said that even though she’s known for being super fit, she had her own insecurities as a teen, and it felt very empowering at age 22 to overcome those to pose for the issue.
Her parents became famous in their own right for their exaggerated (and extremely supportive) reactions from the stands at the Olympics, so what do they think of the revealing pics?
“I don’t really talk to my dad about it, because that’s a little weird,” Raisman says, understandably, but she brought her mom, Lynn, to the shoot with her, and she very supportive: “There were a couple shots where she was like, ‘Can we put a little more clothes on?’ But she saw how much fun I was having, and she always taught me to be strong and independent and confident.”
Watch the video above to hear Raisman talk about her boyfriend, NFL player Colton Underwood, as well as getting older sister points for life by taking her younger brother to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit party during Super Bowl weekend. (Seriously, BEST SISTER EVER.)