Sports Illustrated shot a spread for its Swimsuit Issue in South Australia

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Olivia Culpo has shot a Sports Illustrated editorial in South Australia, which she described as a ‘dream’. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

SPORTS Illustrated has shot one of its iconic Swimsuit Issue spreads Down Under, featuring model and Instagram mogul, Olivia Culpo.

The 26-year-old former Miss Universe posed in a snakeskin-print bikini, with an actual snake wrapped around her, in the sexy images which were shot on Kangaroo Island, giving the South Australian destination an unlikely tourism ad in the process.

The American model will appear as one of the models in the magazine’s 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, her second time in the iconic bikini-clad publication.

The sexy shoot has been compared to Britney Spears’ I’m A Slave 4 U video clip, where Spears famously posed with a yellow python.

For Culpo’s shoot, photographer Josie Clough had Culpo — who is the ex-girlfriend of Nick Jonas — pose with the brown snake wrapped around her neck.

“I dedicate this to all the snakes,” Culpo wrote on Instagram.

Earlier this year, the Model Squad reality star told People how she was preparing for the Sports Illustrated casting, revealing she took advice from a fellow SI model.

Olivia Culpo is in Australia for a Sports Illustrated shoot, to feature in its Swimsuit Issue. Picture: Splash

Olivia Culpo is in Australia for a Sports Illustrated shoot, to feature in its Swimsuit Issue. Picture: SplashSource:Splash News Australia

The former Miss Universe is an Instagram star, with more than 3.4 million followers. Picture: Getty Images

The former Miss Universe is an Instagram star, with more than 3.4 million followers. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“She said, ‘practice in the mirror, practice all of your poses, have 10 poses ready, know your angles,’ and I did exactly that and it helped,” Culpo said, according to si.com.

“I actually did a test shoot on my iPhone with someone that I work with.

“We looked insane. We were on the beach with the iPhone doing a test shoot. People were just staring at us.”

Culpo previously appeared in a black-and-white nude shoot for Sports Illustrated, with words including “woman”, “pain”, “lover” and “shapes” scrawled over her body.

Model Squad star Olivia Culpo in red carpet mode. Picture: Getty Images

Model Squad star Olivia Culpo in red carpet mode. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images