She's a beach bump! Bikini model Ariel Meredith shows off her pregnant belly at Sports Illustrated swimsuit party

She's a veteran of bikini photoshoots.

And now Sports Illustrated model Ariel Meredith is pregnant with her first child.

The 28-year-old displayed her growing bump on the red carpet for the New York Sports Illustrated Swimsuit celebration on Tuesday night.

The gorgeous Louisiana native sported a gold sparkling floor length gown to the event as she wore her dark hair down over her shoulders.

Joining her on the red carpet was her fiance Hakeem Nicks as she displayed her impressive bump during her photo op.

The NFL wide receiver, who plays for the Indianapolis Colts, donned a dinner jacket and grey high tops for the night in New York.

Nicks proposed to the model on July 11 last year on her birthday.

Ariel has appeared in the 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, and is expected to make a cameo in the upcoming 2015 swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated.

The current issue has stirred up some controversy regarding cover model Hannah Davis.

Earlier that day Hannah spoke to Matt Lauer on the Today Show where her risque cover was censored with a large red ribbon.

'I think you're making it look a lot naughtier than it really is to be honest,' the young woman told Matt.

'To be honest, I think SI always tries to do something a little different every year, and I think this year, it's the year of the torso' she added.

The provocative cover shows the knockout striking an alluring pose clad in a two-piece bikini.

She leaves little to the imagination while pulling the bikini bottom down with her hands in the racy photo snapped by Ben Watts.

Since the cover was unveiled on Wednesday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, it has been the subject of criticism by some conservative observers.

Still, the girlfriend of baseball star Derek Jeter is proud of joining the ranks of former cover models like Kate Upton, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum.

'It was an overwhelming sort-of moment. I was so blindsided by the whole thing, but it's an honor.'

The Victoria's Secret stunner said that she hopes to follow in the footsteps of three-time SI Swimsuit cover model Kathy Ireland, whose home furnishings line moved $2 billion in merchandise in 2011, Forbes reported.

































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