Ex-Marshall Volleyball Star Kayla Simmons Enters Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Casting (VIDEO + PICS)

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit has opened up its casting calls to anyone with a social media profile in recent years and women from everywhere have flocked to them to get the opportunity of landing a job.

Kayla Simmons, a former college volleyball player at Marshall, is one of those women that is trying to get her foot in the door and get in next year’s issue.

“Being a former college athlete & growing up around sports has taught me to push myself to the limit. So here I am, chasing my @si_swimsuit dream!” she wrote.

“College athletics was a great experience for me, but it also taught me some valuable lessons. I was told by my school administrators that the pictures I post are inappropriate because of my body, I was even asked to delete my Instagram at one point. I was torn bc I felt I couldn’t embrace my body & play the sport I love. I’ve since learned that you can’t let other people affect how you feel about yourself. I am who I am, & it’s okay to be confident!”

“It’s my dream to be a part of the SI family. The women on the pages EMPOWER other women. We need more of that!!! @si_swimsuit @mj_day & the rest of the team, thank you for this opportunity! Everyone please help me out & tag @si_swimsuit in the comments!!”

She is clearly getting the exposure she wants as she sits at more than 175,000 followers.

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Bubbly ?

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Every girl needs a little black kini

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Big chillin

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Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool

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? @ignite

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Obsessed with this suit @iconswim

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I think we found ourselves a winner.

If any other ladies are wondering, you can also be eligible to submit your own Sports Illustrated Swimsuit casting application with the #siswimsearch hashtag.