Never mind the freezing cold temperatures, New York City was full of hot bikini babes last night for the launch of the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. One by one, supermodels Anne V, Irina Shayk, Christie Brinkley, Chanel Iman, a newly red-haired Molly Sims and this year’s cover girls, Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen, filed into the SI Swimsuit Beach House to celebrate the 50th anniversary issue with a team of editors, photographers, and close friends and family.
Befitting of a true SI Swim party, there was plenty of bronzed flesh on display as the industry’s hottest exports paraded their enviable bikini bodies down the black carpet. Swimsuit veterans Anne V, Irina Shayk and up-and-comer Hannah Davis played peek-a-boo with their revealing black floor-length gowns, while Emily DiDonato, Kate Bock and Sara Sampaio kept things short and sweet in their leg-barring mini dresses. While chatting with the SI rookie about where she was when she received the good news, Sara admitted she was surprisingly in very good company at the time.
“I was actually with Emily DiDonato when my agent called me with the news,” Sara told us. ”We had just come out of a yoga class together when my agent called and said ‘you got it,’ so she ended up being the first person I told.”
The Portugese model— the first in the magazine’s history by the way— was soon joined by the rest of her fellow Rookies, including Marloes Horst, Bregje Heinen, Emily Ratajkoski, and new CR Fashion Book cover girl Gigi Hadid, who accompanied by her famous boyfriend, Cody Simpson.
“Everything about my shoot was great,” exclaimed Gigi. ”I got to skateboard, I got to paddle out on the surfboard— it was amazing!” The 19-year-old model went on to share her bikini-ready fitness routine with us, explaining that she prepared for the shoot with the help of her personal trainer David Kirsch— also the go-to health and fitness guru to three-time cover girl Kate Upton— who she worked with every day, if not every other day on a series of strength-training moves. Looks like hard work pays off!
Meanwhile, a flurry of bright flashes at the opposite end of the carpet signaled the arrival of the night’s honored guests: cover girls Nina, Lily and Chrissy. Upon being greeted by Swimsuit editor MJ Day, the smiling models posed for pictures with their new cover shots before being quickly whisked away to kick off the night’s festivities. Although fresh off the TV press circuit, which included guest appearances on both ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and ‘The Today Show’ earlier that morning, the supermodel trio looked fresh faced and ready to party! Good thing too, because the beach house party was only the beginning of a long week of SI celebrations. The next stop for the bikini-clad beauties? Miami baby! There the Swimsuit stunners will all attend both public and private events to help promote the new issue. Stay tuned for even more SI Swim party coverage to come later this week!
Check out the slideshow below for the full look at what the models wore to the SI Beach House:
See the full slideshow on modelinia.com