Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Rule 5 Star Makes WuFlu News

Once upon a time (2016), I featured Maggie Rawlins for Rule 5 Saturday. Now NYPo reports How COVID nurse Maggie Rawlins became a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. A nice story, wonderfully illustrated:

It’s not unusual for model Maggie Rawlins’ medical expertise to be called upon at photo shoots.

“I was on set once in the Bahamas and there was a car accident [involving crew members],” Rawlins, 28 and a registered nurse, told The Post. “Nobody was seriously injured but they asked me to give everyone a physical and make sure everyone was OK.”

But in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, her health-care pedigree took center stage — when the South Carolina native signed on to work in a Queens facility treating patients.
Maggie Rawlins has been a nurse for 6 years.

“It was a no-brainer,” she said of the decision to help where she was needed most. “I’ve been a nurse for six years, so it’s always been part of my story,” said Rawlins, who splits her time between New York City and Charleston, SC.

“It was definitely chaotic. I didn’t know what I was getting into,” she said of the monthlong experience. “But it was cool to see people from all over the country coming together. That was ­really inspiring.”

None of her patients or co-workers knew she was a model. “I was covered head to toe [in PPE],” Rawlins said. “And I don’t think anyone would have cared.”

But Sports Illustrated did. The magazine announced in March that Rawlins was one of its rookies for the annual Swimsuit Issue that hits newsstands July 19. Her backstory — not to mention her sizzling photos — catapulted the model into the national spotlight.

“SI definitely gave me a platform I didn’t have before,” she said during her Post photo shoot at the The Sentry. “I feel like I have been given more of a voice.”

Not just another pretty face, though she is that.  

The Wombat has Rule 5 Sunday: Natasha Romanova Redux awaiting your digital pleasure.

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