Martini gave us a backstage pass to her first show, photographing everything from model castings to the star-studded front row.

Photo Diary: Model-Turned-Designer Angela Martini Shares Her Miami Fashion Week Debut

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Photo Diary: Model-Turned-Designer Angela Martini Shares Her Miami Fashion Week Debut
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The only thing more exciting than Fashion week is Fashion week with bathing suits in Miami. Yes, it’s that time of year again! Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Swim (known to many as Miami Swim) is officially underway. Stunning models are storming the runway in the latest and greatest swimwear collections, and showing off a variety of trends like retro one-pieces, mono-kinis, embellished suits and more.

Luckily for us, we got an inside look at Miami Swim thanks to Angela Martini. If you aren’t acquainted with Ms. Martini, we’ll give you the backstory. The Albanian-born supermodel first made waves in 2010 as Miss Universe Albania. Since then, she has gone on to be a successful model and jet-setter who is constantly rubbing elbows with celebrities. This past Saturday, she debuted her first swimwear collection at the W Hotel South Beach.

Martini says her line combines the desire to encompass “sex appeal and wearability,” and we couldn’t agree more. Martini gave us a backstage pass to her first show, photographing everything from model castings to the star-studded front row. Click through the gallery above for Martini’s photo diary — and try not to be too jealous you’re not in Miami!

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It all starts with a dream! The models and I after my Miami Swim Week debut.

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Getting ready for the big night at the W Hotel South Beach. 

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It's casting time with my stylist and partner in crime Jules Wood

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Hair and makeup -- always one of the most important parts of a fashion show. I chose a two-toned red lip. What do you think? 

Getting excited -- and hydrating with Vita Coco before the show. 

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My awesome front row including Shenae Grimes

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So proud of everyone who helped make #MartiniBikini a reality. 

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Relaxing after the show with some girl talk with Shenae Grimes. 

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