A South Carolina nurse who has been on the frontlines of the deadly COVID-19 epidemic put her modeling career on hold to lend a hand.

Now, Maggie Rawlins is making her mark in Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit issue, slated to hit newsstands in July.

Before the pandemic kicked off, Rawlins had been scouted and was doing modeling work on the side. But when the crisis struck, she put glamour on the shelf and her heart on the line.

“I feel like everyone has a role and responsibility to play during the pandemic,” Rawlins told People.

Nurse Maggie Rawlins put her modeling career on hold to work as a nurse.
Nurse Maggie Rawlins put her modeling career on hold to work as a nurse. PHOTO BY MAGGIE RAWLINS /INSTAGRAM

“Since I have an active nursing license, I felt like (going back to nursing) was the right thing to do. Additionally, it was in New York City … That city has been so good to me, and I wanted to give back.”

She also volunteered as a One World Health ambassador working to help bring affordable medical care to poor communities.

Nurse turned model Maggie Rawlins.
Nurse turned model Maggie Rawlins. PHOTO BY MAGGIE RAWLINS /INSTAGRAM

In her shoot for the iconic SI issue, Rawlins posed in a one-piece swimsuit in front of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

“Not only is she an incredibly beautiful model, she is also living proof that it’s never too late to give back to your community,” Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day said in a press release.

The editor added: “She returned to her career in nursing when COVID-19 hit, volunteering to work at several hospitals in Queens. As a former pediatric oncology nurse and a COVID frontline warrior, her dedication, commitment, and passion towards helping others are the types of traits we love to celebrate and highlight.”

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