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Sports Illustrated model Jena Sims in ‘instant tears’ after being named Swimsuit Rookie

Jena Sims is officially a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie.

The outlet recently announced that the actress and model will be joining Penny Lane, Brittney Nicole, Nina Cash, Sharina Gutierrez, Berkleigh Wright and Achieng Agutu in the 2024 issue. It’s the first time the magazine is welcoming all the Swim Search finalists who walked in their annual Swim Week runway show.

“I’m still speechless,” the wife of pro golfer Brooks Koepka told Fox News Digital. “It’s not easy wrapping your head around achieving my biggest goal in life.”

A side-by-side photo of Jena Sims wearing a green swimsuit

Jena Sims was eight months pregnant with her son when she walked the runway during SI Swim Week in July. (Getty Images)

“To me, being a rookie and being associated with such a powerhouse brand means that I’m ready to take my career to the next level,” Sims explained. “All of my hard work has paid off, and I’m so excited to see what 2024 has in store. I plan on using this new platform to continue my nonprofit events with the Pageant of Hope and continue my other charitable partnerships.”

Sims met Koepka, 33, at the 2015 Masters. They married in June 2022 after five years of dating.

“He’s so supportive,” Sims previously told Fox News Digital in April about her longtime love. “I think that’s why our relationship is so successful because I’m supportive of his hopes and dreams. And he’s so interested in everything that I have going on, which couldn’t be further from what he has going on.”

Jena Sims smiling wearing a red low cut dress

Jena Sims was part of the annual casting call for SI Swimsuit. (Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)

When asked about being a pro golfer’s wife, Sims joked, “It tests your patience.”

“But I’m pretty fortunate,” she shared. “It’s really exciting that my husband doesn’t have a 9-to-5 and neither do I… I’m able to travel with him and go support him. And then whenever I have something going on, if he doesn’t have a tournament, he can come and support me… We get to stay together… I get to look forward to seeing him at the end of the day if he’s had a good day or a bad day. I love being there for him.”

When Sims and Koepka are not hitting the road together, they are happily at home.


Jena Sims in a hot pink low cut dress posing next to Brooks Koepka in a navy blue suit with a black bow tie

Brooks Koepka and Jena Sims welcomed a son named Crew Sims Koepka this year. (Phillip Faraone/FilmMagic)


“We [like to] catch up on all of our trash reality TV shows,” said Sims. “That’s our thing together – watching reality TV… It’s just us and our dog. But when we leave the house for a date, there’s a really good restaurant here called U-Tiki. It’s plastic chairs, sushi, drinks… People are like, ‘That’s your favorite restaurant?’ Absolutely. I don’t need to be wined and dined, like ‘Take me to Miami, let’s go to Nobu.’ I do love Nobu, but we just like [to be] casual, chill. Just us.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Stephanie Nolasco covers entertainment at


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