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Connecticut Beauty in SI Swimsuit Issue

Model Adaora Akubilo grew up in Windsor.

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    Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition model Adaora poses at the magazine's launch party in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

    The pages of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue are being graced by a Connecticut woman,

    Adaora Akubilo, or Windsor, is one of the 18 models appearing in the 2012 edition of the magazine's popular layout. The 22-year-old attended Central Connecticut State University, according to coedmagazine.com.

    Posing for famed SI photographer, Walter Iooss, Jr., Akubilo's photo shoot took her to a beach on the northern shore of Australia in Cairns, Queensland.

    She is a "rookie" in the Swimsuit Edition, and it up for the magazine's "Rookie of the Year" against five other models. Vote for Akubilo here.