Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2012: 3 Reasons Latest Issue Is Greatest

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 15, 2012

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Sports Illustrated has released the latest in a long line of issues dedicated to bikinis and fine women wearing them. After taking a long look at the latest, I have to say that it is the greatest of all time. 

It's a tough job to wade through the years of memorable issues and pick your favorite. It's sort of like picking your favorite NFL place kicker, only opposite. 

There are a few things that set this issue apart from all others and we dive into them here. By now, millions have already flipped through the Kate Upton issue numerous times. That is why I would love to hear what you have to say about this particular edition and where it sits on the shelves of history. 

For me, it reigns supreme for these few reasons: 


1. Kate Upton

Let's get this out of the way right off the bat. This is like LeBron James coming into the NBA, or Jeremy Lin suiting up at Madison Square Garden. 

The 2011 SI Rookie of the Year finally gets her spread and she looks amazing. When you consider that she is only 19, thoughts of her gracing the cover a few times like Elle Macpherson or Christie Brinkley cross my mind. 

She has already stepped foot in the land of movies with Tower Heist and Three Stooges. We may be looking at the first superstar that we have had in a while on this cover. 

2. No Gimmicks

You can forget the 3D glasses, as Sports Illustrated goes more classic than ever. Yes, there is body paint, but I hardly see that as a bad thing. 

One improvement that I don't see as a gimmick, but a revolutionary progression, is how the magazine is being delivered on iPads and other tablets. 

Mashable has a great rundown on what you can expect when you take the magazine on the go digitally. 

3. Immersion

There is one reason that this issue breaks off from the others and gives us hope for future ones. 

There is one thing that makes the recent issues better than the ones decades before, and that is the Internet. 

Sports Illustrated has done a magnificent job of using avenues outside the box to immerse the readers in content. Take the downloadable magazine as an example, or their very own YouTube page. 


*A good portion of pictures and a wealth of information can be found at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Site.