Kim Petras has been breaking barriers since the release of her first single, “I Don’t Want It at All,” in 2017. Earlier this year, the German-born pop star made history as the first transgender woman to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, for his track “Unholy” with Sam Smith. Petras called the “crazy moment of life” “unexpected” and “absolutely unbelievable.” The 30-year-old now adds a beautiful life moment to her growing list of accomplishments with her 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue cover.
“I was very happy when I got the call to enter Illustrated in Sports,” said Petras. “It’s so iconic, and so many iconic people have done it before, so [it was a] a big dream come true for me.”
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The pop star’s cover feature was photographed by SI Swimsuit staple Yu Tsai in Los Angeles earlier this spring. Petras posed poolside in a stunning bright pink Barbiecore-inspired swimsuit, a vibrant blue one-piece and an elegant black long-sleeved number with gold beads and a cut-out chest. She admitted that at first she was nervous on the set, but the “Heart to Break” singer was happy with the images that resulted from her photo shoot.
While Petras says she sometimes feels pressured to represent the transgender community, she’s proud that fellow trans people are inspired by her and the work she does.
“I think what you do is the most important thing, not what your gender is,” Petras said. “Regardless of your gender or sexuality or whatever, it’s about what you’ve done in life and it’s about what’s inside you and all that, so I hope that can inspire those man.”
“The Grammy-winning pop star, a beacon of inspiration for the LGBTQ+ community, is blazing her own path to superstardom, but it’s anything but a straight line,” said the editor-in-chief that MJ Day.
This year, Petras joins three other women—actress Megan Fox, legendary lifestyle guru Martha Stewart and five-time SI Swimsuit model Brooks Nader—who have each been honored in their own right. 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue cover.