Tyga Kylie-alike Knows Bikinis

1/22/2016 12:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0122_val_mercado_beach_launchBefore she gained fame for being Tyga's close ... um, friend ... model Val Mercado put in some serious work in a lot of bikinis.

Check out her swimsuit photo shoot from last year in Miami.

We should all have friends who look like this.