Model Camille Kostek talk Sports Illustrated, cheerleading
Camille Kostek open about her chance to become a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and the hard work that went into a New England Patriots cheerleader.
Former New England Patriots cheerleader Camille Kostek is eager to trade her pom poms for a bikini.
The 26-year-old is one of six finalists for the #SISwimSearch, a match that fans of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue can vote online to help choose the new rookies for the 2019 rookie class.
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Kostek told Fox News that they always had in mind for herself as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and is of the opinion that the popular magazine offers an empowering message for women.
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“If I didn’t think I was here, I wouldn’t do it,” said Kostek. “It’s a refreshing, exciting time for me to be the model and are represented by a company that embraces women of every size and shape. It is so nice to not have that pressure to change, just to be on a fashion show or photo shoot. That is exactly what I stand for as a woman and a sister.
“I just want to send the best message possible for women. And I’m just so grateful, because I honestly never thought I could model. I have always said that I was not long enough, I was not thin enough. It is motivating when someone tells you it’s possible to do something that seems impossible.”
The Connecticut native always knew that she would be in the spotlight. As a child, they often put on shows for her parents and at the age of 3 years, she is taking dance classes. Then by 7, Kostek was in a fight at the national level, but was prepared to do more.
“I was always the little squirt in the back between all the tall girls,” she joked. “I always wanted to be a step forward, but there were only a limited number of routes that you can go to a professional… I loved watching football of all sports. My father was a Giants fan, but the Giants had no cheerleaders.”
By 19, Kostek was training to be cheering for the New England Patriots and a member of the team at the age of 20. She was one of the 500 girls vying for 20 spots.
“It’s kind of hard to get noticed,” she admitted. “Sure, I can kick my leg over my head, but how do I get noticed? I remember the design of my costume as close as possible to their uniform as possible, so that they can propose me a member of their team. It worked!”
But it has to be a cheerleader and in 2013 was not as simple as an outfit change. Kostek insisted a striking personality was just so appreciated.
“I remember seeing this beautiful, wonderful girls who turn his head as they walked through the door,” she recalled. “They can kick, and run, and do a whole choreography, but they may not have known about the team history or maybe they had a bad attitude… as soon As you’re on the team, you’re representing a large and reputable organization.”
And the training was certainly not for the rookies, especially when it comes to the Super Bowl.
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“We are there for five hours prior to a game day,” said Kostek. “So we are there before the players showed up, practicing our routines. So it may be a 12-hour a day sometimes, depending on how the game goes.
“We are completely soaked with sweat, ready with hair and make-up and do it all again on the field. We are performing in front of 70,000 fans, at least. Our coach gives no room for error. And especially the Super Bowl — there is no hassle. You can’t mess up, limp, around, or have a nervous moment.”
Kostek said the no-nonsense lifestyle that a sisterhood. But she insisted that when it comes to the players, there is no room for romance.
“It is totally rejected,” said Kostek. “When you’re with the team, you are completely two separate entities. Even though you are a Patriots cheerleader, you’re not a team. As cheerleaders, we would be removed, cut from the team. It is now allowed.”
Still, Kostek is linked to the tight end Rob Gronkowski since they did for the team in 2015 to pursue modeling.
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“I am such a private person,” she explained. “It was difficult at the start if people would send items with my name on it. It is an overwhelming feeling to read something that you have no control over.
“But like most things, you get strong when you have to deal with the situation. It has become a little easier. And usually, the people who are close to you to know the truth. Thus it is one of those things where you just have to let people think what they want to think.”
Kostek also declared, that “for the first time We came in contact after I resigned from the team. I always knew who he was before I was even a cheerleader. I knew who he was on the roster. I’ve just never paid mind. After I quit my job is when we finally met.”
But these days, Kostek is too busy pursuing the next chapter in her life to stress about online rumors. And they hope it will kick-off with Sports Illustrated.
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“I knew I wanted to step in the modeling of the world,” said Kostek. “I never took the modelling seriously since I was so busy with cheerleading.
“So I thought that after the Super Bowl it would be a good game to end. It was hard to say goodbye, but I knew that a part of my life was over. I do it since I was three. I was ready for something new. A new challenge.”