Meet Veronica Pomeʻe, Sports Illustrated’s First Polynesian Swimsuit Model

The plus-size model, whose parents are from Tonga, reveals what it’s like to represent her island nation and her journey to self-love.

By Carla Herreria, Huffington Post When Veronica Pomeʻe auditioned for Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit model search last year, she knew that the magazine had never featured a Polynesian woman like herself in its famed annual edition. She was determined to become the first one. Pomeʻe, whose parents were born in the Kingdom of Tonga in the…

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