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These 50+ Hotties Appeared At Covers Of The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Since 1964!

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

December 1st, 2017   |   Updated on October 8th, 2022

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has made a name for itself in sports, fashion, publishing and pop culture around the globe.

The first SI Swimsuit Edition hit newsstands on Jan. 20, 1964. The original edition was actually just a eight-page supplement, featuring Babette March looking like America’s prettiest girl next door in a conservative white two-piece, posed in the surf, water up to her knees and messy brown hair soaked through.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

The next year, the cover projected a similarly tame aesthetic, with Sue Peterson admirably filling out a black one-piece with red straps and cutouts at the waist. Things got a little more suggestive in 1966, when Sunny Bippus wore a low-cut red floral bikini.

Reclining in the water with her face in profile, eyes closed and arm raised above her head, she smiled as if she was having all of the fun anyone has ever had at the beach.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1

The swimsuit edition became a stand-alone issue for Sports Illustrated in 1997, and has become one of Time Inc.’s biggest revenue drivers over the years.

In a world flooded with celebrity crotch-shots and half-naked selfies, where pornography is not only readily available online but also serves as the linchpin for mainstream advertising campaigns , does the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue even matter anymore?, asks Newsweek.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2

The answer is YES!!!!!! The iconic compendium of sexy models lounging on yachts and booty touching on exotic beaches generates around seven percent of SI’s annual revenue, according to Forbes.

It’s also one of Time Inc.’s most profitable ventures, raking in more than $1 billion over the years and reaching a global audience of more than 70 million.

The photos from beyond-beautiful locales are shot by leading photographers such as Walter Iooss Jr. and Raphael Mazzucco and published like works of (modestly erotic) art.

Sex has always sold and always will, even if looking at barely-there-bikini-clad beauties now seems a little last-century

Here is a look back at every cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, dating back to Babette March in 1964:

1. Kate Upton 2017

Kate Upton - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue



2. Hailey Clauson | Ashley Graham | Ronda Rousey 2016

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2016


3. Hannah Davis 2015

 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2015


4. Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge And Chrissy Teigen 2014

 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2014


5. Kate Upton 2013

 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2013


6. Kate Upton 2012

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2012


7. Irina Shayk 2011

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2011


8. Brooklyn Decker 2010

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2010


9. Bar Refaeli 2009

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2009


10. Marisa Miller 2008

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2008


11. Beyoncé 2007

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2007


12. Veronica Varekova, Elle Macpherson, Rebecca Romijn, Rachel Hunter, Daniela Pestova, Elsa Benítez, Carolyn Murphy, And Yamila Diaz-rahi 2006

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2006


13. Carolyn Murphy 2005

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2005


14. Veronica Varekova 2004

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2004


15. Petra Nemcova 2003

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2003


16. Yamilla Diaz-rahi 2002

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2002


17. Elsa Benítez 2001

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2001


18. Daniela Pestova 2000

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2000



19. Rebecca Romijn-stamos 1999

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1999


20. Heidi Klum 1998

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1998


21. Tyra Banks 1997

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1997


22. Valeria Mazza And Tyra Banks 1996

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1996


23. Daniela Pestova 1995

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1995


24. Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson And Rachel Hunter 1994

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1994


25. Vendela Kirsebom 1993

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1993


26. Kathy Ireland 1992

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1992


27. Ashley Montana 1991

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1991


28. Judit Mascó 1990

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1990


29. Kathy Ireland 1989

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1989


30. Elle Macpherson 1988

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1988


31. Elle Macpherson 1987

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1987


32. Elle Macpherson 1986

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1986


33. Paulina Porizkova 1985

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1985


34. Cheryl Tiegs 1983

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1983


35. Carol Alt 1982

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1982


36. Christie Brinkley 1981

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1981


37. Christie Brinkley 1980

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1980


38. Christie Brinkley 1979

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1979


39. Maria João 1978

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1978


40. Lena Kansbod 1977

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1977


41. Yvette And Yvonne Sylvander 1976

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 1976


42. Cheryl Tiegs 1975

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cheryl Tiegs 1975


43. Ann Simonton 1974

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Ann Simonton 1974


44. Dayle Haddon 1973

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Dayle Haddon 1973


45. Sheila Roscoe 1972

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Sheila Roscoe 1972


46. Tannia Rubiano 1971

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Tannia Rubiano 1971


47. Cheryl Tiegs 1970

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Cheryl Tiegs 1970


48. Jamee Becker 1969

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Jamee Becker 1969


49. Turia Mau 1968

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Turia Mau 1968


50. Marilyn Tindall 1967

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Marilyn Tindall 1967


51. Sunny Bippus 1966

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Sunny Bippus 1966


52. Sue Peterson 1965

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Sue Peterson 1965


53. Babette March 1964

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Babette March 1964

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Source: si.com