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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Model Jessica Perez On The Couch

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Jessica Perez On THe Couch

NEW YORK (WLNY) – The annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is now on newsstands.

TV 10-55′s John Elliott chatted with one of the models who posed for the issue. Jessica Perez, a Costa Rica native and a rising star in the world of modeling, joined him on The Couch.

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It’s not her first time in the role. Perez landed a rookie spot in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swim issue, after winning the 2011 Sports Illustrated Model Search.

The 2013 magazine shoot took place on Easter Island — not a bad assignment for the swimsuit issue vet.

“It was really challenging to shoot there, it’s such a unique place,” she said. “I’ve never really been there that had a landscape quite like that…it’s all like volcanic rock, and the island itself is quite barren,” she said.

Perez admits parts of the shoot were challenging — but she’s excited for the exposure that comes with the role.

“You always feel a lot of pressure, because you want to do a good job,” she said. “I think the grandeur of the job, and that pressure that you put on yourself to do well should be there, because it helps you excel.”

She said her spot in the issue has helped to put her “on the map,” she s