It’s a worldwide phenomenon that has helped launch the careers of Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland,Heidi Klum and Kate Upton to name a few, and now 50-years later, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit is still doing what it does best— albeit with more beauties, bikinis and body paint than ever before!
Launching in stores today, the 50th anniversary issue sees the return of some of our all-time favorite swimsuit stunners, including Anne V, Irina Shayk, Emily DiDonato, and Kate Bock, along with its biggest rookie class to date. Still, while it’s no secret that this year’s SI pack is led by first-time cover girls Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen, the storied magazine proves this morning that it still has some tricks up its sleeves.
For starters, there’s the cover— no, not that cover, we’re talking about the issue’s surprise bonus cover! That’s right— flip your copy over and you’ll find the magazine’s first ever flip-side cover starring Kate Upton and one itty bitty pink bikini! Shot in the Cook Islands by James Macari, the two-time cover girl introduces the issue’s fashion retrospective on “Five Decades of Sexy.” And, while last year’s cover shoot saw SI and the 21-year-old supermodel making history in Antarctica, this year’s sexy spread sees Kate defying gravity in a zero gravity plane! The journey saw the two-time cover girl and a group of SI Swimsuit editors, photographers and videographers take off in a specially modified Boeing-727, known as G-FORCE ONE, where Kate rocked a metallic gold bikini and bombshell tresses all while floating effortlessly in an unprecedented series of images and videos. The spread is truly out of this world!
Turn the pages and you’ll be treated to yet another surprise— the hotly-anticipated ‘Legends’ shoot featuring twenty-two of the most renowned cover models in the franchise’s history— Kate Upton included. In an epic gathering of beauty and glamour, shot by Walter Iooss Jr., former cover girls Carol Alt, Tyra Banks, Elsa Benitez, Christie Brinkley, Brooklyn Decker, Yamila Diaz-Rahi, Rachel Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum, Babette March, Marisa Miller, Carolyn Murphy, Petra Nemcova, Daniela Pestova, Paulina Porizkova, Bar Refaeli, Rebecca Romijn, Irina Shayk, Cheryl Tiegs, Vendela and Veronica Varekova return to the glossy’s pages for a once-in-a-lifetime editorial spread.
As we’ve come to expect from the legendary publication, the breathtaking photos are nothing short of spectacular. From Irina’s bright and sunny Madagascar spread, to Anne and Bregje Heinen’s gorgeous Brazilian adventure, the 2014 edition is spicing things up like it never has before, taking a few of our favorite stunners from one corner of the world to the next in the best way possible— that is, in their bikini’s of course!
So, without further adieu, we’re happy to introduce you to this year’s 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models, all of whom are pictured below! Be sure to pick up your copy of the 50th anniversary issue on newsstands today.
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