The former Patriots cheerleader made her debut for the magazine back in 2018 as part of their first open casting call. The 29-year-old was a co-winner of the competition that year alongside Haley Kalil.
“I think it’s really hard for me to even say the best part because I think it was just one of those moments where I had dreamed of it for so long,” said Kostek during the latest episode of “10 Questions with Kyle Brandt” now on Spotify.
“Like my 15-year-old self found out at, I think I was 27-years-old, this is the moment,” Kostek continued. “And it was like, at that point in my life, it all hit me at once. I truly blacked out. I was sober, but I blacked out. It was a high on life, a euphoric moment of just, I couldn’t believe this was the time I’d always hoped… I was just excited to be [on] the pages. So to be on the cover was unbelievable.”
Camille Kostek walks the runway during the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show During Miami Swim Week At W South Beach – Runway at WET poolside lounge at W South Beach on July 14, 2019, in Miami Beach, Florida.
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Gronkowski, a tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, told the outlet he was just as excited when he learned that Kostek made the cover.
“It was incredible,” said the 31-year-old. “And I think I found out… right after my birthday. So it was like a double birthday. And she blacked out from it. She was sober. I blacked out many times, not sober.”
Kostek, who studied communications, initially had big dreams of becoming a broadcast journalist. But after pursuing cheerleading in high school, she fell in love with football. She credited sportscaster and former “Dancing with the Stars” co-host Erin Andrews for being an inspiration over the years.
“I realized I loved dancing for football and not reporting on football,” Kostek explained. “So if anything, if I were to follow in the footsteps of Erin career-wise – I love watching her career on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ being a dancer and loving the hosting job. That’s like the best of both worlds to me. I love her. And then meeting her in person just solidified that. No wonder I had such a girl crush on her. She is even more beautiful on the inside.”
Rob Gronkowski, left, and Camille Kostek arrive at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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Back in 2020, Kostek told Fox News it’s been “super great” to have someone like Gronkowski support her throughout the star’s journey with SI Swimsuit.
The two originally met in 2013 at a charity event.
“I always like to say that I am one independent, strong woman,” she explained at the time. “But I can still be that and then have the support of my man… It’s just like an added bonus to have him in the crowd. I remember last year when we had launch week and I was on the cover. It was really, really cool to have Rob by my side through a lot of that stuff. ‘Cause I’m always there waiting for him in the stands and follow him around to his sets and appearances, being his biggest fan.”
Camille Kostek attends the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Runway Show During Miami Swim Week At W South Beach – Front Row/Backstage at WET poolside lounge at W South Beach on July 14, 2019, in Miami Beach, Florida.
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“It was really cool to have Rob by my side for that moment in time, watch him in the crowds and just cheering me on and being backstage waiting for me,” Kostek shared. “It’s a really, really good feeling to be in these career paths that are so completely different, but are so the same in the sense that it was something we wanted so bad and we wake up excited for every day. It’s cool to share that passion and understand how important it is.”