Being featured in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition is quite the honor for models all around the world, but this year’s spread was particularly meaningful for Olivia Culpo.

The 25-year-old Cranston, R.I. native took part in the “In Her Own Words” campaign as part of the latest swimsuit edition, and she shared her experience in a moving note posted to Twitter.

Three-time Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman, a Needham, Mass. native, also took part in the campaign and shared an equally moving message on social media.

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