Veronica Pome'e may not be on your radar right now, but she will be soon enough. The 29-year-old curve model is set to appear on the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue this year, and she'll be the first Polynesian woman to do so. As one of six finalists in this year's SI Swimsuit model search competition, Veronica has frequently expressed gratitude for her journey throughout the contest on her Instagram page.
"As an underdog it's crucial for me to highlight inner beauty qualities because for so long I didn't feel like I measured up to society's expectations of beauty," she captioned one photo. "In this day and age, young girls look up to us as sources of inspirations to feel more confident and empowered by being unapologetic and becoming more of their authentic selves."
The model continued, "Making the final 6 for @si_swimsuit has allowed me to inspire the same girls who don't feel like their skinny, pretty, curvy, or even skin tone worthy enough. The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." Veronica was chosen after the search was dwindled down from nearly 10,000 hopefuls. Read ahead to get a sneak peek at some shots that will appear in the 2019 SI Swimsuit Issue and for more stunning photos of Veronica.