Camille Kostek

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Camille Kostek
Kostek in February 2023
Born
Camille Veronica Kostek

(1992-02-19) February 19, 1992 (age 32)
Alma materEastern Connecticut State University
Occupations
  • Model
  • Host
  • Actress
Years active2004–present
Partner(s)Rob Gronkowski
(2015–present)
Modeling information
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorBlue-green
AgenciesMaggie (Boston)

Select Model Management (Los Angeles)
Elite Model Management (Miami)

ONE Management (New York City)

Camille Veronica Kostek (born February 19, 1992) is an American model, television presenter, and actress.[1][2] She appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and was featured on the cover of the magazine's 2019 edition.[3][4][5]

Kostek is the on-field host of the game show Wipeout on TBS, and in 2022 began hosting NBC's Dancing with Myself.[6] She also appeared in the film Free Guy (2021).

Early life and education[edit]

Kostek was born in Killingworth, Connecticut on February 19, 1992, to Alan Kostek, a general contractor, and Christina (née Decosta), a gym manager.[7] She is the eldest of four siblings, and is of Polish, Irish and Jamaican descent.[7] She started taking ballet lessons when she was three years old, and continued her training at Broadway Dance Center in New York City while competing nationally.[7]

At Haddam-Killingworth High School in Killingworth, Connecticut, she was a cheerleader,[8] lacrosse varsity captain,[9] and host of her high school's broadcasting program.[10]

She majored in communications with a minor in business at Eastern Connecticut State University. She played lacrosse for Eastern Connecticut before becoming a full-time member of its dance squad and an anchor of its network show TV22.[11][12] Kostek is a certified barre instructor.[13][14]

Career[edit]

Professional cheerleading[edit]

Kostek started her professional cheerleading career at age 19 with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League.[15]

External image
image icon Kostek's New England Patriots Cheerleaders Gallery

In 2013, while a junior at university, Kostek made it to the roster of the National Football League's (NFL) New England Patriots Cheerleaders.[16][17] She landed the cover of its annual Swimsuit Calendar which was shot in Saint Lucia in 2014.[18] She also joined the NFL Tour in China as Patriots ambassador where she performed routines and taught youth cheer clinics.[19][20] Kostek was featured in advertising campaigns for Patriot Place,[21][non-primary source needed] and served as spokesperson for the cheer team in various television shows and public engagements.[22][23]

In her last game before retirement, she performed at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX where the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks on February 1, 2015.[24]

Hosting[edit]

Kostek was a reporter for NESN's Dirty Water TV from 2016 to 2017 covering travel as well as sports events, including NASCAR.[25][26] Since 2018, she has hosted and corresponded for South by Southwest, the Super Bowl, the National Hockey League,[27] and Levitate Music Festival, as well as lifestyle, red carpet and sports events for Maxim and Sports Illustrated.[28][29] She has also co-hosted radio shows on SiriusXM.[30][31]

Out of college, Kostek was offered a job on ESPN's Saturday Night Football, but turned it down for the opportunity to travel while modeling.[7][32] In September 2020, she was announced as on-field host of game show Wipeout on TBS.[33]

Modeling[edit]

Kostek in July 2017

Kostek's first modeling job was for a series of television commercials for boutique Ciao Bella in 2013 which aired on MTV, E! News, VH1, and ABC Family.[16][34][35] She joined her first modeling agency in Boston in 2015,[36] and became brand ambassador and model for Benrus, Equinox Fitness, and Dune Jewelry.[24][37] Her early work consisted of print and television advertisements for brands like Nissan, New Balance, and Rebag.[38][non-primary source needed][39][40][41][non-primary source needed][42][non-primary source needed][43][non-primary source needed][44] Kostek did editorials for Elle,[45] and appeared on the covers of Ocean Drive,[46] BELLA,[47] Haute Living,[48] The Improper Bostonian[49] and Bay.[50]

Kostek has done campaigns and ambassadorships for various clothing and cosmetic brands. including L'Oréal, Victoria's Secret, and Clarins.[51][52][53][54][55] She also did ad campaigns for fashion line Kittenish, and walked the runway for its Spring/Summer 2019 collection at New York Fashion Week.[56][57] Kostek is a longtime model and ambassador for Reebok,[58] headlining the brand's PureMove Bra[3] and Nano X1[59] campaigns.

External media
Images
image icon Kostek's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cover in 2019
Video
video icon SI Swimsuit 2019: Cover Reveal

Kostek initially found difficulty securing modeling representation as agencies kept telling her she was not tall enough at 5'8", or thin enough at dress size 4/6.[60][36][61] She submitted a video of her experience to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue which was conducting an open casting call.[62] She was scouted, and walked the runway for the SI Swimsuit Fashion Show during Miami Beach Swim Week in July 2017.[63] The following month, she was photographed by Yu Tsai in Belize for the 2018 issue.[64][65][66] Kostek was chosen from 5,000 open casting call candidates and won the inaugural Sports Illustrated Swim Search in March 2018.[1] She walked the runway for Miami Beach Swim Week for the second time in July 2018,[67] and closed the show the following year.[68] The first model announced for the 2019 issue, Kostek shot in South Australia with photographer Josie Clough, and landed a solo cover in her official year as a rookie.[69][1]

Kostek has been called an "American Bombshell" and sex symbol for her blonde hair, blue eyes and curves.[70][71] Connecticut Magazine named her in their "40 under 40" list of influential people of 2018,[72][73] and she was included in Maxim's Hot 100 list of Sexiest Women in the World in 2019.[74]

Acting[edit]

Kostek made her film debut with a cameo appearance in STX Entertainment's 2018 comedy I Feel Pretty starring Amy Schumer.[24] This was followed with a supporting role in 20th Century Studios's science fiction film Free Guy (2021) with Ryan Reynolds.[75] She played Portia in the Tubi original film Classmates (2023).[76]

Other ventures[edit]

Kostek in September 2017

Since 2018, Kostek designs her namesake jewelry collections for Dune Jewelry.[77][78] In 2020, she released a clothing and accessory collection inspired by her trademark phrase "Never Not Dancing" with Shine the Light On, proceeds of which benefit mental health charities.[79][80] Her body-inclusive swimsuit and loungewear collection Swimsuits For All was released on May 3, 2021.[81]

Kostek toured U.S. universities and colleges in 2019 for her "Own It" Tour, where she gave talks on self-acceptance and body image.[82][83][84][85]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2015,[86] Kostek has been in a relationship with American football player Rob Gronkowski.[5] They live in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and Tampa, Florida.[87][88]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 I Feel Pretty Hostess Extra[24]
2021 Free Guy Bombshell [75]
2023 Monsters of California Meg [89]
2023 Classmates Portia Tubi original film[90][76]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Sports Illustrated Swim Search Self / Winner [91]
2019 NHL Awards Self / Presenter [92]
Ridiculousness Self
2020 Fashionably Yours Sam Hallmark Channel television film[93]
Kirby Jenner Self Episode: "A Jennerous Gift"
NHL Pause: Post to Post Self / Host [27]
2021 Beat Shazam Celebrity player Episode: "Beat Shazam Celebrity Challenge!"
Entertainment Tonight Self / Guest co-host 6 episodes
Love, for Real Emily Hallmark Channel television film[94]
2021–present Wipeout On-field host 25 episodes[33]
2022 Is It Cake? Judge Episode: "Fake by the Ocean"
Dancing with Myself Host 8 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2014 "A Little More You" Jack Fiskio[95]
2019 "So Close" NOTD and Felix Jaehn feat. Captain Cuts and Georgia Ku[96][97]
2020 "I'll Wait" Kygo[98]
2022 "Dancing Feet" Kygo feat. DNCE

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