Camille Kostek, 25, is a former cheerleader who currently makes a living as a model. She is known to some as a model for companies like Benrus, and others know her as the on-again/off-again girlfriend of New England Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski.
Kostek, who is signed with Maggie Agency in Boston, was born and raised in Killingworth, Connecticut, with her three siblings. She recently landed the modeling gig of her dreams and has been sharing her journey on social media.
Here is what you need to know:
1. She Recently Modeled for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition
Earlier this year, Kostek decided to send in an audition tape to try out for Sports Illustrated’s model search for their annual Swimsuit Edition. In August, the site announced that Kostek had made their Top 15.
“Confidence is sexy. That’s what Sports Illustrated Swim stands for. They have this movement where you can just be beautiful no matter what shape, what size, your height, your body type, your ethnicity … They represent it all. And I want to be a part of that,” Kostek said in her audition tape.
You can check out a clip from her submission in the video below:
This is it. @si_swimsuit @mj_day thank you for this incredible opportunity. I'm beyond myself to announce that this is my audition tape for the #SIswimsearch 2018💥 anyone who knows me knows that being apart of @si_swimsuit has been a teenage dream. My heart is beating out of my chest as I post this. Wooooooooooo!!!!👙#SISwimsearch 🎥 @insta_slam 💄 @torimcconkey
Just about a week ago, Kostek traveled to Belize where she was photographed for the 2018 edition of the popular magazine. She joins the ranks of some of the hottest women to ever grace the pages of the magazine including Kate Upton, Beyonce, Brooklyn Decker, and Heidi Klum, to name a few.
You can see some of her behind-the-scenes photos below.
2. She Has Had an On/Off Relationship with New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski Since 2015
Kostek and Gronkowski were first spotted out together in 2015. The two kept things pretty casual for the first few weeks, but Kostek started sharing photos of her with her guy in the months that followed. Whether they went to an official event together or they just enjoyed a romantic dinner date, Kostek and Gronkowski appeared to be very much in love.
In 2016, Kostek and Gronkowski spent even more time together, and Kostek’s Instagram account proves it. The two even managed to sneak away on vacation to Lake Winnipesaukee on Memorial Day Weekend that year, enjoying some quiet time on a boat.
Over the past two years, Kostek hasn’t been shy about her relationship and has often worn “87” football jerseys to Patriots games either at home or on the road. In September 2016, she was hanging out with Danny Amendola’s leading lady, Olivia Culpo, in a box at Gillette Stadium. And, of course, she was on-hand for several playoff games.
Back in February, however, TMZ posted a story about Kostek and Gronkowski’s relationship, a source telling the outlet that the two were never actually in an exclusive partnership of any kind. The two apparently had a “fling,” but were “100% NOT dating, period,” according to the source.
In May 2017, the New York Post caught up with Kostek to ask her about the story.
“I’ve quickly learned that everyone has their own two cents, and I just kind of let that stuff roll and let the people talk. At the end of the day, the people that matter know what’s the truth,” she told the outlet. “When I talked to the people that are important to me, I was like, everyone knows the real truth,” she added.
Interestingly, Kostek went on to say that Gronkowski is “super supportive” of her and made it seem as though the two were still very much an item.
“[He is] super supportive. I bet he’s eager to hear about it [referring to her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition gig], he’s really excited. We’re both just really excited,” she said.
And, before Super Bowl LI, Gronk took to social media to defend Kostek.
“People always be talking garbage @camillekostek just ignore the noise and be ya,” he wrote.
There haven’t been any photos of Kostek and Gronkowski together since she was on his arm at a wedding back in May. In July, however, Kostek was on-hand when Demi Lovato paid Gronk a visit as part of her promo-tour for her hit single, “Sorry Not Sorry.”
3. She Used to Be a Cheerleader for the New England Patriots
Kostek was a member of the New England Patriots cheerleading squad for two years in 2013 and 2014. She announced her departure from the team in 2014, calling her decision “one of the toughest [she’s] ever had to make.” Kostek said that she was “chasing a new dream,” and went on to become a television host.
“I want to wish all of my teammates and the new young women going out for the squad the best of luck as they announce the new team today ! By far the best two years of my life cheering on the best in the NFL with the best in the NFL @patriotscheerleaders . One of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make but I’m onto my next journey, chasing a new dream. @gillettestadium you will always be my second home and I couldn’t ask for a better final performance than on the sidelines at the Super Bowl! Once an NEPC, always an NEPC.”
Although Kostek never landed a national gig, she did a few smaller things here and there. She has kept up her modeling career as the same time. Kostek’s future seems brighter than ever.
4. Kostek Was a Communications Major at Eastern Connecticut State University
When she wasn’t studying, Kostek spent her spare time working as a fitness instructor at Modern Barre. She also worked at a boutique shop called Ciao Bella. According to WPRI, she shot two commercials for the clothing boutique, both of which aired on national networks like MTV and E!
Last year, Kostek teamed up with Dirty Water Media. She conducted interviews and did various news reports for the outlet.
“Sure, she’s beautiful, but she is also super down to earth, sweet, and easy to talk to … an obvious natural for on-air TV work. We’re thrilled to be working with Camille as she takes her talents from the football field sidelines and fashion runways to your TV airwaves. You can see it in our interview with her at Fashionably Late for Boston Fashion Week, Camille belongs on TV,” Dirty Water Media wrote on their website at the time.
Check out her interview with Maria Menounos in the video below.
5. She Loves to Dance
Kostek is a dancer at heart and has danced competitively for nearly two decades, according to WPRI. Kostek will be the first to admit that Gronkowski is a great dance partner, as he is known to bust a move whenever there’s good music playing.
In fact, the blonde beauty describes herself as “freckleface (sic) on the go who is never not dancing,” on social media.