Anitta is an icon. The Brazilian superstar, whose full name is Larissa de Macedo Machado, shot to fame in 2013 after releasing her single, “Show das Poderosas” along with an accompanying music video, which has been viewed more than 150 million times on Youtube. Her career has only grown in the almost-decade since, and now, she’s reached a new milestone: appearing in the upcoming Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
Along with delivering a jaw-dropping photoshoot for the magazine, Anitta also talked to the publication about confidence, becoming a symbol of female empowerment, and what fans can expect from the rest of her career.
“It was very special,” the singer said when asked about the opportunity to appear in Sports Illustrated. “I’m Brazilian, so I didn’t realize how big and important the magazine was. Then I started to understand how iconic it is. And I’m so happy to be a part of it. The team [at the photo shoot] was very nice, and it was so many looks!” Anitta also delivered some tips on how to feel your best when wearing a bikini.
“It’s very hard for you to feel confident in a bikini,” she admitted. “I think [you just need] to stop thinking overthinking. Sometimes overthink. If you think that you look amazing, you will look amazing. It’s all a matter of mindset.”
She continued, “I think we need to be the first ones to love who we are.”