Know It All: SI Swimsuit Issue
- Next1 of 25Tyra Banks: Russell James/Contour By Getty Images
- Previous Next2 of 25Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated
- Previous Next3 of 25Kate Upton: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images
- Previous Next4 of 25Brett Kaffee/Thibault Monnier, PacificCoastNews.com
- Previous Next5 of 25Leryn Franco: OHPIX/bauergriffinonline.com
- Previous Next6 of 25Julie Henderson: Manuel Munoz/PacificCoastNews.com
- Previous Next7 of 25Anne Vyalitsyna: PacificCoastNews.com
- Previous Next8 of 25Rebecca Romijn: Walter Iooss Jr. /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images
- Previous Next9 of 25Paulina Porizkova: Brian Lanker/Contour By Getty Images
- Previous Next10 of 25Cheryl Teigs: Kourken Pakchanian/Contour By Getty Images
- Previous Next11 of 25Kathy Ireland: Charles W. Bush/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
- Previous Next12 of 25Beyonce Knowles: J.Sciulli/WireImage for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli
- Previous Next13 of 25Glo
- Previous Next14 of 25Heidi Klum: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images
- Previous Next15 of 25Tyra Banks: Russell James/Contour By Getty Images
- Previous Next16 of 25Irina Shayk:G Tres / Splash News
- Previous Next17 of 25Anne V.: Pichichi / Splash News
- Previous Next18 of 25Brooklyn Decker: Will Binns/PacificCoastNews.com
- Previous Next19 of 25Marisa Miller: Splash News
- Previous Next20 of 25Yamila Diaz Rahi: Splash News
- Previous Next21 of 25Bar Rafaeli: bauergriffinonline.com
- Previous Next22 of 25Elle Macpherson: BEN MCDONALD/bauergriffinonline.com
- Previous Next23 of 25Maria Sharapova: Aaron St-Clair / Splash News
- Previous Next24 of 25Molly Sims: Bret Thompsett/PacificCoastNews.com
- Previous Next25 of 25Christie Brinkley: Fotos International/Getty Images
Skin Is In1 of 25
It’s hard to believe that what began as a small insert in the February 1964 issue of Sports Illustrated is now a powerhouse edition of the magazine; not only jump-starting the careers of the models who appear on its pages but also reportedly generating more than a billion dollars in revenue since it began. With this annual must-have making its way into so many homes, we've rounded up 24 facts about the sexy women that have graced its pages.
Busty Beauty2 of 25
For the first time since the '90s, Sports Illustrated honors the same woman twice on their highly anticipated annual swimsuit cover. Magazine heads were forced to release this year's cover—supermodel Kate Upton trying to cover up on her polar bear shoot—after a blogger leaked the photo a few days before the big reveal.
Platinum or Bust3 of 25
SI tried something new with its 2012 issue—it incorporated 17 emerging bands into its digital platforms, where one song was paired with one particular model.
Burger Queen4 of 25
You might remember her from her mouth-watering Carl's Jr. Super Bowl ad this year—you know, the one where she eats a burger on the beach in a teeny-tiny bikini. Looks like 20-year-old Danish beauty Nina Agdal is following in the footsteps of Kate Upton, who was last year's fast food star. If so, we're laying a bet on next year's cover model.
Icy Hot5 of 25
Both a model and an athlete, Leryn Franco became an Internet sensation during the 2008 Beijing Olympics; that year, she was reportedly the second most searched Olympian, after Michael Phelps.
Texas Forever6 of 25
Hailing from Houston, Julie Henderson made her SI Swimsuit Edition debut in 2007. With her sandy blond hair and wholesome freckles, Henderson has that quintessential girl-next-door appeal—if the girl next-door is 5'10" and has a body that's ridic.
Counting on You7 of 25
Russian model Anne Vyalitsyna, is the former flame of Maroon 5's Adam Levine and a veteran of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition—this is her eighth year making an appearance in the mag. Eat your heart out, Levine.
Birthday Suit8 of 25
The Swimsuit Issue got racy in 1999, when California's Rebecca Romijn (then still Stamos) posed alongside six models in nothing but body paint, starting the craze of airbrushed-on faux clothing. Romijn went on to star as Mystique in the X-Men films, in which she wears nothing but body paint.
Czech Mate9 of 25
In 1984, an 18-year-old Paulina Porizkova made headlines for being the youngest model to make the cover of the Swimsuit Issue.
Golden Girl10 of 25
Before the likes of Brooklyn and Kate came to be, '70s-era bombshell Cheryl Tiegs reigned supreme—and we can see why.
Sky High11 of 25
Kathy Ireland appeared on the cover of the Swimsuit issue's 25th-anniversary edition in 1989, resulting in the highest-selling issue ever to date.
Star Power12 of 25
In 2007, singer Beyoncé Knowles was the first non-model to appear on the SI cover.
Great Expectations13 of 25
In 1994, cover stars Rachel Hunter and Kathy Ireland were both pregnant at the time of their photo shoot. Elle Macpherson was also featured on the cover, although she was not expecting.
Tropic Thunder14 of 25
Thanks to the 1998 issue's equator theme, Heidi Klum (plus photographers and the entire production team) traveled to the Maldives, Kenya, Indonesia, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands to get perfect shots for the magazine.
Dynamic Duo15 of 25
In 1996, Tyra Banks was the first African-American model featured on the issue's cover, alongside Argentinean model Valeria Mazza. Banks appeared on the cover solo the following year.
From Russia With Love16 of 25
After becoming the new face of lingerie brand Intimissimi at the age of 19, Russian model Irina Shayk made her SI debut on the 2011 cover.
Blonde Ambition17 of 25
As an SI swimsuit model from 2005–11, Anne Vyalitsyna holds the record for most consecutive appearances in the magazine at a whopping seven!
Gentlemen Prefer18 of 25
Brooklyn Decker, cover girl in 2010, became one of 24 blondes to win the coveted spot. To date, there have only been 20 brunette cover models and zero redheads, although redheaded beauty, Cintia Dicker has graced the pages many times.
Gone Digital19 of 25
As the 2008 cover girl, Marisa Miller was the face of the first Swimsuit Issue that SI released online.
Dream Team20 of 25
The first group shot (featuring Hunter, Ireland and Macpherson) may have been in 1994, but 2006's cover featured an all-star cast of Veronica Varekova, Elle Macpherson, Rebecca Romijn, Rachel Hunter, Daniela Pestova, Elsa Benitez, Carolyn Murphy and Yamila Diaz-Rahi.
With a Vengeance21 of 25
In 2007, Israeli model Bar Refaeli graced the pages of the Swimsuit Issue. Fact: This was the first year the Chinese government allowed the magazine to be sold in that country. Fiction (or at least a popular rumor at the time): Refaeli's then-new boyfriend, Leonardo DiCaprio, arranged the photo shoot to make his ex Gisele Bundchen jealous.
The Body22 of 25
Elle Macpherson dominated SI of the 80s with appearances on three consecutive covers—1986, 87 and 88.
Tennis, Anyone?23 of 25
Only a handful of female athletes have appeared in the Swimsuit Issue, including tennis players Steffi Graf and Venus and Serena Williams. In 2006, 6'2" Russian powerhouse Maria Sharapova was featured on the issue's cover inset.
Girl's Best Friend24 of 25
When Molly Sims appeared in the 2006 issue, she wore a bikini reportedly made of more than $30 million in diamonds.
Island Hopping25 of 25
For the 1979 cover of SI, Christie Brinkley and crew traveled to the beautiful islands of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Brinkley went back for more, and was featured on the covers of the 1980 and '81 issues as well.