SI swimsuit model shares exciting pregnancy news, is met with some shocking – and sad – responses

A Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model celebrating her pregnancy has been shocked by reactions from less than enthusiastic fans.

Samantha Hoopes, who is expecting her first child with fiancé Salvatore Palella, spoke with Fox News about the surprising reaction from some of her followers after she announced she was going to be a mother.

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The 28-year-old model responded to a question about how she handles her social media followers, with over one million on Instagram and over 100,000 on Twitter, during a Sports Illustrated event in Miami where she was on hand for her sixth photo shoot with the publication.

“I block all the trolls on social media. I just don’t have time for hate or negativity in my life. If I type something out of anger, I just end up in a text fight and what good is that going to do? I just block and move on. It’s not worth it. You can’t fight fire with fire,” she told Fox News at the “SI Swimsuit on Location” event.

“But this time it’s super interesting because I have people going into my DMs saying their goodbyes to me or that they’re leaving me forever because I’m pregnant,” she added.

“This one kid wrote, ‘Wow, I followed you since I was 15 and now I’m 20. You’re pregnant now and I just wanted to say goodbye.’ Alright, goodbye, I don’t need you in my life anyway. But I am getting messages where it sounds like I’m dying or something because I’m pregnant. One wrote ‘It’s been fun these past five years. Goodbye.’ But again, you don’t need those type of people in your life,” Hoopes said.

In addressing whether she had any concerns that the pregnancy would jeopardize her career, Hoopes said it was important to her “to be open and honest about the journey” while adding how she is “in awe of it all.”


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“But really, pregnancy is so beautiful. You’re creating a baby. You’re creating a life. You’re creating the next generation,” she told Fox News. “We have the capability to do that and I’m just in awe of it all. Yes, I’m getting cellulite that I didn’t have before, but this is a beautiful moment in my life. And my bump has become my biggest accessory.”

Hoopes lauded Sports illustrated for encouraging her to remain true to herself and embrace her own body.

“The magazine has never told me that I needed to be anything other than myself,” she said. “That’s why the Swimsuit issue is so unique because everyone is truly an individual. And here’s the thing, when it comes to our bodies, you can either work with it or be unhappy. And SI has never told me I had to change my body. They just let me be who I am. And they loved me for that.”

The model, who was not pregnant at the time the photos were shot for the current issue, felt she “grew up with the magazine” since she began modeling at 22.

“Now that I’m 28 and having a baby, it’s a whole new chapter in my life,” she explained. “The magazine still makes me feel confident and I’m surrounded by inspiring, strong women from all over the world.”


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