Anyone who has already perused the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue will no doubt recognize Haley Kalil.
The smoldering SI Swim rookie and wife of Houston Texans offensive tackle Matt Kalil is one of 16 breakout stars who grace the latest bikini annual.
But before Kalil was shot by top photographer Yu Tsai, the small-town stunner from Minnesota excelled in the academics, having graduated summa cum laude from St. Cloud State University with a double degree in medical biology and psychology long before SI came calling.
"I studied biomedical sciences and psychology in college. I worked in the hospital and an immunology lab until Sports Illustrated Swimsuit held an open casting call on Instagram," she tells Maxim.
"I submitted a video, and bam! My life was changed forever! I went from doing single cell suspensions in no makeup and a lab coat to shooting on the beaches of Africa for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue."
The future couldn't be brighter for this brainy beauty. Read on to learn about Kalil's celeb crushes, dream date, pervasive love of Taco Bell and more.
How can a man catch your attention?
A funny guy wins the girl every time. They say nice guys never win, but I strongly disagree. Nothing is more attractive than a humble, kindhearted man with an amazing sense of humor.
What’s the worst pick-up line you’ve ever heard?
“Do you do karate? Because your body is KICKING.” I hate to say it, but I laughed.
How do you let a man know you’re interested?
If a woman is interested, you will know. She will want to spend time with you. She will want to text you back. She will want to tell you about her life. If she’s not taking the time to do those things...sorry man, she’s just not that into you.
Tell us about your ideal date.
I don’t like anything too fancy. I love just walking around NYC on a beautiful summer night talking about anything and everything. Maybe stopping at a little diner to eat French toast at 1 a.m. Throw in an epic escape room and I’m sold!
What about a man turns you on the most?
I think intelligence is sexy. Nothing is sexier than a man that can code an entire software update or solve a nearly impossible synthesis problem in organic chemistry.
When do you feel sexiest?
I feel the sexiest when I’m surrounded by the people I love. Whether that’s while I'm in a tight dress with some killer makeup or in my sweatpants stuffing Thai food into my face. I gain confidence from being surrounded the people who care about me...and confidence makes me feel sexy.
Who’s your biggest celebrity crush?
My male crush would be Ryan Reynolds. I mean, have you seen Deadpool? ‘Nuff said! The dude is funny as can be! And my female crush would be Angelina Jolie. She’s gorgeous, accomplished, and a total boss.
What's on your favorite music playlist?
I’m such a stereotype, I listen to the “new releases” on iTunes music. Don’t judge me though...they’ve got some JAMS on there.
Do you have a favorite athlete or sports team?
Matt Kalil. He’s a beast. Best NFL player there is. Quite a babe, too!
What fashion brands do you like the best?
I don’t like spending tons of money on clothing because I’d much rather spend it on my HBO subscription and Postmates. So Forever 21 is my go-to for less expensive clothing that’s cute and fits well!
What's your favorite meal?
Taco Bell. A chicken and cheese quesadilla with extra jalapeño sauce, two Chipotle Chicken Grillers, a soft-shell beef taco, cinnamon twists, and a large Sierra Mist. It’s heaven on earth.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the bedroom?
And what should a man never do in the bedroom?
There’s a lot of things you shouldn't do in the bedroom. Don’t try to fry a chicken with a flame thrower. Don’t fill your bed with 800 ping pong balls. I mean, the list goes on and on...
Ha, we see what you did there. Have any sexy fantasies?
Eating Taco Bell in my pajamas while watching reruns of South Park. That’s about the sexiest thing I can think of.
Lastly, what’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Ordering hundreds of dollars of Postmates from a restaurant that literally right down the street because I don’t want to get out of bed.
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