Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge – 2014 SI Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Cover Models

Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge adorn the cover of the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, as announced on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, marking yet another change for SI (a few others follow) as the previous six issues had been revealed on the Late Show with David Letterman. A large replica of the cover featuring the three lovely ladies was unveiled just prior to midnight. Jimmy did, however, goof, stating that it was the first time ever three women graced the cover. That did occur once prior, in 1994 (with Kathy Ireland, Rachel Hunter and Elle Macpherson).

Sport Illustrated Swimsuit 2014Sports Illustrated launched its now internationally famous Swimsuit Issue back on January 20, 1964, though that inaugural issue was simply a five-page supplement within the magazine, featuring Babette March. The idea of swimsuits in winter took hold and the edition has become not only an annual event that has launched many models into super stardom but also one of the world’s largest selling single magazine issues, with sales typically topping more than one million copies.

Jimmy Kimmel Live SICommunication travels at lightning speed these days and there are times that surprises are not able to be kept as envisioned.

That has been the case during the past few years as leaks of SI photos have surfaced, some planned and some not. For 2014, SI began a teaser campaign on their website Swim Daily featuring 2013 Rookie of the Year Hannah Davis (below) showing off a selection from the Jersey Strong campaign, one of the slogans used as New Jersey continues to re-build after the devastation brought by Superstorm Sandy.

Hannah Davis SI 2014
Photograph by Ben Watts/SI, Swimsuit by Kate Swim

In actual fact, SI started posting “Mystery Model” photos of swimsuit ladies back in June 2013, shortly after starting work on the 2014 edition. These were cropped photos showing body and no face, to keep readers guessing and build even more interest. On February 5, SI began posting images of the dozen Rookies selected to appear in the mag, and on February 12, the never-aging Barbie (55-year-old Barbara Millicent Roberts) was announced as the first-ever Rookie Legend, making an appearance in a restyled version of her original 1959 one-piece swimsuit.

For some additional history concerning SI Swimsuit Issue models and statistics please see the 2013 post, featuring Kate Upton.

Congratulations to Chrissy, Nina and Lily on your accomplishment.

The magazine will be at newsstands on Tuesday, February 18.

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Kate Upton Does It Again – Sports Illustrated 2013 Swimsuit Cover

The upcoming edition of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit extravaganza will once again feature model Kate Upton, the reigning cover girl.

Selected from a group of 17 contenders, Upton sports a different and more unique look than she did for the 2012 mag (in her quite-revealing red string mini-bikini).  The reason for donning a fur-lined parka for 2013 is due to her photo shoot locale being the Antarctica.

Kate Upton 2013 SI Cover
Kate Upton by Derek Kettella/Sports Illustrated

For the 1st time in its long history, SI sent their models and photographers to all 7 continents for this, the 50th time the sports mag has been presenting curves of a different nature to its sports-minded audience during the winter cold.

As there are undoubtedly swimsuit fans who would rather view both pieces of a bikini, SI will show images of Upton in her white brief 2-piece bathing suit, with at least 1 complete with a penguin in the background. Although technically it was summer in Antarctica during her 10-day December photo gig, the frigid temp (reportedly 35 degrees below) was a far cry from her 2012 cover, shot in Sydney, Australia. Despite the frigid cold, Upton said that Antarctica is “the most beautiful place I’ve ever been,” but recommends keeping your clothes on. A 1 minute 41 second video of Upton being photographed in the icy cold may be seen at SI Kate Upton Intimate.

Kate Upton by Derek Kettella/Sports Illustrated

MORE STATS: This appearance in the annual SI issue marks number 3 for Upton (20 years old, 5’10” tall, 33D-25-36), following her 2012 cover and as the 2011 Rookie of the Year. Upton is the 9th model in the 50 year history* to be featured on the cover 2 times; 4 have been cover model 3 times; Elle Macpherson holds the record as she landed the role 5 times (3 alone and shared with others 2 times); Kathy Ireland lays claim for the most consecutive appearances in the swimsuit issue at 13; the last back-to-back cover with a single model was 3-peater Macpherson in 1986, 1987, and 1988 (Tyra Banks was on the cover back-to-back in 1996 and 1997 but shared the former with Valeria Mazza) ; Christie Brinkley was the 1st and only other 3-peater (1979, 1980, 1981); the most models on a single cover has been 8 in 2006; the 1st issue photographed in more than 1 country was 1989; the 1st issue featuring a “topless” cover model was 2000 with Daniela Pestova.

The formal unveiling of the cover was on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” where Upton was joined by 9 of the other models. SI, of course, was hoping the TV gig would be a surprise for all. However, the cover was leaked Friday and the mag followed with a tweet: “POLAR BARE: @KateUpton in Antarctica is your 2013 SI Swimsuit Cover Model.” The magazine hits newsstands February 12.

* While 2014 will be the “50th Anniversary” (the idea launched on January 20, 1964, as simply a 5-page supplement with 1 model, Babette March),  mathematically the 2013 issue is the 50th time women in bikinis, as well as 1-piece suits, have been a staple for SI. All of the Swimsuit edition covers may be seen, chronologically, at the SI Vault.

Congrats Kate Upton for your Repeat!

Is a 3-peat in her future? As the saying goes, only time will tell.

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Extra’s Maria Menounos Loses Super Bowl Bet, Dons Bikini in Times Square

One thing is definite after Maria Menounos, the quite attractive 33-year-old correspondent at Extra, lost her Super Bowl bet: she will not likely try something like this again, especially during winter.

Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Maria and a co-worker wagered not money on who would win the 2012 football classic, but something more personal. She backed the New England Patriots and, after losing, made good on the wager by wearing a blue and red New York Giants bikini in Times Square (complete with black UGGs, allowing some warmth).

Had she (and the Patriots) won, A. J. Calloway would have had to wear a Patriot’s cheerleading outfit. It is unfortunate that we will never know if he would have honored his loss the way she did hers.

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