It's nearly here, folks—the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which also happens to be the iconic publication's 50th anniversary.
In other words, expect the issue to pull out all the stops.
From this year's cover model to a very iconic toy appearing in the pages, you'll find everything you need to know about this year's mag below. Enjoy.
Tuesday, February 18
Cover Model No. 1: Chrissy Teigen
For its very special 50th anniversary issue, Sports Illustrated has decided to reward its viewers with three times the cover models. First up is bombshell Chrissy Teigen, a regular of the Swimsuit Edition. Robin Leach of the Las Vegas Sun has more on the model:
Chrissy’s layout was shot in the Cook Islands of the South Pacific near New Zealand. “I’ve been to a lot of beaches, but this was unreal,” she said.
The 28-year-old 5-foot-9 stunner, whose measurements are 34C-25-35, was born in Utah, moved with her family to Las Vegas and made her debut in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue in 2010 after appearing on “Deal or No Deal” for the 2006-2007 TV season.
Teigen's distinctive look—her father is Norwegian, while her mother is Thai—made her a striking choice for this year's cover. And she is also one of the most bubbly, boisterous personalties in the issue.
Cover Model No. 2: Nina Agdal
Appear in a Carl's Jr. commercial and get put on the cover of the Swimsuit Edition. That's what Kate Upton did, and now Nina Agdal is following that same formula.
The 21-year-old starred during the famous restaurant's 2013 Super Bowl ad (which coincidentally was also featured in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon), and there's probably a good chance she'll be gracing your television screen a lot more now that she has been bestowed this honor.
This continues the rapid ascent to fame for the Danish Agdal, who was named the Swimsuit Edition Rookie of the Year in 2012.
Cover Model No. 3: Lily Aldridge
Joining Teigen and Agdal on the cover is veteran model Lily Aldridge. Although this is the 29-year-old's SI debut—making her cover appearance even more impressive—she has enjoyed tremendous success and gained massive popularity during her time with Victoria's Secret.
She talked about the honor, via People.com:
I was so excited when I got the call to do Sports Illustrated, and then .. I was shooting in the Cook Islands with these incredible girls. I felt so lucky that I got the best shoot … it was the perfect introduction to Sports Illustrated. And then to get the cover! It’s so crazy and such an honor.
Upon the announcement of the cover models, Aldridge also received support from actor Aaron Paul:
Anyone who's cool with Jesse is good in our book.
Generally speaking, all of the talk leading up to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is who the cover model will be. But this year, one of the models has stolen all of the buzz.
And that's because she just so happens to be a Barbie Doll. Yes, that's right, the iconic girls toy will be featured in the Swimsuit Edition, presumably so a bunch of little girls can learn what a sex symbol is.
The campaign is centered on the 50th anniversary edition of the issue, which is to come out next Tuesday, and presents Barbie as a doll-size version of the magazine’s supermodels like Tyra Banks and Christie Brinkley, clad in a new version of the black-and-white swimsuit she wore when introduced in 1959.
“Unapologetic,” the theme of the campaign, is underlined by its use, with a hashtag in front, in social media like Twitter, as well as on a billboard in Times Square. “As a legend herself, and under constant criticism about her body and how she looks, posing in” the issue “gives Barbie and her fellow legends an opportunity to own who they are, celebrate what they have done and be #unapologetic,” Mattel said in a statement on Tuesday.
The partnership includes a four-page advertising feature in the magazine, photographed by Walter Iooss Jr., who has been shooting the magazine’s (human) swimsuit models for four decades; video clips; a cover wrap that will appear on 1,000 copies of the issue, declaring Barbie to be “The Doll That Started It All”; a limited-edition Sports Illustrated Barbie, to be sold exclusively on Target.com; and a beach-themed party on Monday night in Lower Manhattan.
Twenty-two former cover models will appear in a Salute to the Legends of Swimsuit editorial production, so the magazine will put plenty of emphasis on its history in this issue. In the sexiest way possible, of course.
But let's talk about in-flight safety for a moment if you don't mind. Wait, what? Why are we talking about in-flight safety when we should be talking about swimsuit models?
Because Chrissy Teigen, Ariel Meredith, Hannah Davis and Jessica Gomes teamed up with Air New Zealand to make arguably the sexiest video about in-flight safety ever conceived, that's why.
Check it out below:
You know how you always ignore the flight attendants before take-off when they go over all of these instructions? Well, here is your chance to catch up on what you've missed.