It’s commonplace for mannequin Maggie Rawlins’ medical experience to be known as upon at photograph shoots.
“I used to be on set as soon as within the Bahamas and there was a automobile accident [involving crew members],” Rawlins, 28 and a registered nurse, informed The Publish. “No one was severely injured however they requested me to provide everybody a bodily and ensure everybody was OK.”
However within the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, her health-care pedigree took heart stage — when the South Carolina native signed on to work in a Queens facility treating sufferers.
“It was a no brainer,” she mentioned of the choice to assist the place she was wanted most. “I’ve been a nurse for six years, so it’s all the time been a part of my story,” mentioned Rawlins, who splits her time between New York Metropolis and Charleston, SC.
“It was undoubtedly chaotic. I didn’t know what I used to be entering into,” she mentioned of the monthlong expertise. “However it was cool to see individuals from everywhere in the nation coming collectively. That was actually inspiring.”
None of her sufferers or co-workers knew she was a mannequin. “I used to be coated head to toe [in PPE],” Rawlins mentioned. “And I don’t suppose anybody would have cared.”
However Sports activities Illustrated did. The journal introduced in March that Rawlins was considered one of its rookies for the annual Swimsuit Problem that hits newsstands July 19. Her backstory — to not point out her scorching images — catapulted the mannequin into the nationwide highlight.
“SI undoubtedly gave me a platform I didn’t have earlier than,” she mentioned throughout her Publish photograph shoot on the The Sentry. “I really feel like I’ve been given extra of a voice.”
Rawlins has gone on to mannequin for Victoria’s Secret and landed campaigns with lingerie model Intimissimi and an Anne Klein perfume, in addition to the June cowl of Maxim.
It’s additionally given her a platform to focus on her work with OneWorld Well being, which gives well being care to underserved communities. Rawlins has traveled to Nicaragua and Uganda as a triage nurse with the nonprofit, and is about to return to Uganda in September.
So how does one go from checking blood strain to sending hearts racing?
The 5-foot-7 blonde was scouted as a teen, however determined to skip modeling to pursue her actual dream: following within the footsteps of her grandmother, a nurse who labored in labor and supply.
Rawlins was working as a hematology-oncology nurse when a Miami modeling company reached out to her by Instagram. She assumed it was a rip-off.
However a supervisor inspired her to discover the provide — and maintain her nursing credentials present. “It was nice recommendation. Don’t lock your self into just one business,” mentioned Rawlins. She’s now signed with The Lions Administration.
Rawlins additionally credit her husband, George Douglas III — a childhood neighbor whom she married in 2016 — with being a stabilizing power as she entered the fickle modeling world.
“I all the time say he’s my anchor. I feel in an business that I’m in, it’s straightforward to get misplaced in it. I used to be a bit older [than models starting out in their teens] and I knew who I used to be. And I had George, [who] helped me maintain issues in perspective,” mentioned Rawlins.
He’s additionally helped amp up her social life.
“I can’t carry him in all places as a result of they may immediately like him greater than they like me,” Rawlins jokes. Final Fourth of July, the pair visited her good friend within the picturesque Jersey Shore city of Avalon for the primary time, and Douglas ended up being the lifetime of the social gathering.
“The opposite day he mentioned, ‘Tommy and his fiancée are pregnant.’ I used to be like, ‘Who’s Tommy?’ He was like, ‘Tommy from Avalon,’ ” Rawlins recalled. “We have been there for lower than 48 hours. He thinks he’s the mayor.”
The couple plan to return to Avalon this weekend — little doubt to congratulate dad-to-be Tommy, but additionally to have fun the Fourth of July.
Nonetheless, she isn’t severing her South Carolina roots. Rawlins is greatest associates with former “Southern Attraction” TV star Naomie Olindo, who’s transferring to New York Metropolis this summer season. “I’m so excited,” Maggie mentioned.
However first, Rawlins has to journey to Miami for the Swimsuit Problem launch.“I’m super-proud of the journal, and I can’t wait to see it in print,” she mentioned.
And he or she’s not ruling out swapping her bikini for scrubs once more at some point.
“I really like nursing and it’s one thing I all the time determine with, and I used to be grateful to have the chance to step again into it,” she mentioned “By no means say by no means.”
Pictures: Tamara Beckwith/NY Publish; Stylist: Elise Sandvik/See Mgt; Hair: Korey Fitzpatrick/Mental Property utilizing Philip B; Make-up: Markphong Tram/ABTP utilizing Laura Mercier; Location: The Sentry at American Copper Buildings, 435 E thirty fifth St.