Andreea Dragoi, a college athlete swimming for SJSU, has gained significant Instagram success. Her popularity stems from showcasing swimwear for her sport, but what sets her apart is her resemblance to a Sports Illustrated Swim model rather than a traditional swimmer like Michael Phelps.
The industry is recognizing her unique ability to model bikinis while maintaining a high level of competitive swimming. This combination lends credibility to her modeling career, making it difficult for critics to accuse brands of objectifying or exploiting the female body. Instead, brands are seen as supporting athletes in their sport, especially those who may not fit the conventional mold of a top-tier athlete like Michael Phelps