Riekenberg, who was discovered while eating pizza in Hamburg, did her SI shoot in Wyoming, a state that reminded her of her childhood home. Afterward, she had no qualms sharing the sizzling snaps with her boyfriend’s family.
Riekenberg spoke to Fox News about seeing her SI photos for the first time, how she stays in shape all year, her guilty food pleasures and the fellow German model she gets compared to.
Fox News: How does it feel to be part of SI Swimsuit’s 2020 issue?
Kim Riekenberg: Well, it’s such an exciting moment for me because I’m a rookie. I’m new to this family, but as I said in so many interviews before already, it felt like a family from the first moment. Even when I walked into [editor] MJ Day’s office for the casting, I was so welcomed, and we had such a lovely talk.
It was very different from a typical casting. And I just left the building with such a good feeling, and the journey just continued like that. So I’m very glad that I had this opportunity to finally shoot for them. And I take it in my heart, and can’t wait for more
Fox News: How were you discovered as a model?
Riekenberg: It’s a little bit cliché because I was in Hamburg for a shopping tour. I grew up in a very small town, so during school holidays, I would go to Hamburg for a shopping tour. And then we just had lunch, me and my friends.
And then my [future] booker came over. She asked me how tall I was and if I would be interested to come to the agency after lunch. And me holding the pizza, what do you expect, what do you say? I just said yes and actually went there. And from there on, my journey continued.
Fox News: What was it like growing up in a small town?
Riekenberg: I was in the woods all the time. I [caught] frogs and just played with dirt across all the fields where the cows are. And well, sometimes, you stepped in some s—t as well [laughs]. I was just a nature child. I was very creative with my friends. We didn’t have cell phones and we didn’t have social media, so we had to be a little bit more creative. … But I really loved it.
Fox News: For your SI Swimsuit shoot, you went to Wyoming. What was it like?
Riekenberg: Well, I never really traveled far into the country in America until that day, so it was very exciting going there. I just heard so many great stories [about Wyoming], and I was very curious how it was going to look. We went in the fall, which is the perfect season of the year. There are so many beautiful colors surrounding you. The trees were green, but up in the mountains, there was snow already. It felt like I was surrounded by a living painting. It all felt so unreal.
We had these little tiny houses for ourselves. It was a very old ranch that they…