List of models who have appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, including SI girls who have been featured on the cover. Since , Sports Illustrated has collected pictures of the world's hottest women in its annual "Swimsuit Edition," including not only the most popular and beautiful models but also celebrities and athletes, all dressed provocatively in bikinis or sometimes even less. Though the bikini was first invented in the s, it has often been suggested that the Sports Illustration Swimsuit Edition was really responsible for popularizing the now-mainstream style of swimwear. Sports Illustrated editor Andre Laguerre first developed the swimsuit edition to fill the winter months that are traditionally slow in the world of sports. After the Super Bowl, in the midst of the NBA season but before baseball season begins ramping up, the Swimsuit Issue gave the magazine something eagerly anticipated to publish, that would feature a gorgeous woman on the cover.
Sailor Brinkley Cook for Sports Illustrated. Next week, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue will hit stands, but one spread already has people talking. For the issue's "tentpole" piece entitled "In Her Own Words," models posed naked with positive words they felt described themselves painted on their bodies. You have Harvard graduates, you have billion-dollar moguls, you have philanthropists, you have teachers, you have mothers — you have a full range of women represented in the alumnus of this magazine, and not one of them failed because they wore a bikini. From what has been released so far, it seems that returning Sports Illustrated models Robin Lawley and Paulina Porizkova participated in the shoot along with newcomer Sailor Brinkley Cook.
Millions subscribe to Sports Illustrated , which publishes many popular issues, including the highly anticipated annual Swimsuit edition. Many photos from this notorious issue have shocked SI fans over the years. Here we rank the most controversial Sports Illustrated swimsuit photos. Do the critics have a point, or are they missing the point?