Alexis Ren Addresses Critics Of Her Being The SI Swimsuit Rookie Of The Year

David Hookstead | Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Sports Illustrated Rookie of the Year Alexis Ren addressed potential criticism that an Instagram star won the prestigious title.

“I’m all about change, and progression, evolution with all industries. So, I think it’s time, and I’m excited to be on the frontier of what is to come,” Ren recently told TMZ when discussing those who might not be pleased an Instagram superstar was the SI swimsuit rookie of the year. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes)

I couldn’t agree more with Ren here. Evolution in the modeling industry will always be a good thing. Open up the doors and let as many stars in as we can. She’s certainly not the only Instagram star in the issue this year. (SLIDESHOW: 142 Times Josephine Skriver Barely Wore Anything)

Camille Kostek made a massive name for herself on social media, and it’s probably a large reason why she ended up in the 2018 issue. The idea that the modeling world should remain traditional and ignore Instagram women is outdated and really dumb. (SLIDESHOW: 71 Times Samantha Hoopes Stripped Down)

I’m a huge believer that the best should always rise to the top. There are plenty of women on Instagram that are more than capable of crushing it as models. Ren is just one of many, but she might be the best one right now. (SLIDESHOW: 60 Times Abigail Ratchford Wore Almost Nothing)

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