The all time best cover in my opinion, manly because this suit is the suit of my dreams.
I couldn't be more thrilled high cuts and neoprene are back.
The header says it all " paradise found." The blue of this suit and the way it captures the light look like a reflection of the water. This suit was later recreated as a painted suit for Anne V.
I have not seen this photo, nor had I heard of Ashley Montana before I started this post but this cover is one of my favorites and Ashley Montana is a pretty killer name. She looks like the perfect 90's barbie in all white and her sun hat.
Exotic beauty is hard to beat and I love that the sexy cut of this 70's suit is here again.
This cover blows my mind in the best way. Everything comes together to make this my new favorite cover of all time. Puerto Rico, surfer, color blocking, pom poms, belly chains, and arm bands. Yes I wish I could live in this photo.
Sunning on the beach is pure joy and I love how this picture captures that feeling. The classic 60's cut of this suit is so cute in red on a curvy little bombshell.
I am not sure of the location of this photo. SI is so iconic because they capture beauty from all over the world and show that beauty is not one standard image. Her curves, ease and confidence give this photo a very warm feeling.
This is a gorgeous picture where the suits almost look painted on. I am not sure if they are but I know this was inspiration for a later issues painted girls. Gold bangles rock!
Okay, so Christie Brinkley still looks this hot and it's nuts. This suit is so sexy and the bead work on such a sheer fabric would make Brittney jealous.
Wow, she is hot in polka dots.
I remember buying this issue and then having a crazy obsession with Marisa Miller, but didn't everyone? I love how full crochet suits are popping up everywhere, I guess they never went out of style.
This cover needs no caption really because everyone is obsessed with the talented and insanely beautiful BEY.
I always flip to the body paint photo's first. I am amazed at what the artist come up with and how long it takes to make such a master piece. The models sometimes stand all night getting painted for an early shoot. It also requires quite a bit of confidence to stand and pose naked in front of the huge crew on the other side of the camera. The body paint spread adds another section of excitement to the issue, and I love how they pull from the past and re-image suits from previous issues. Below are some of my favorite body paint photos along with some of my favorite photos from past issues.
Unforgetable in Michael Kors
Now back to the body painting. All the suits this year were amazing. I had to start out with my most favorite which is the flash on one piece recreated by Cali Dreaming Swimwear for the 50th edition of SI with inspiration from the Cherly Tiegs white one piece. Hannah Ferguson is flawlessly sexy and elegant in white mesh (which can be hard to do) but, wow!
I was also very excited to see Gigi Hadid as one of the rookies. She is insanely gorgeous. Well her whole family is and she seems to be so sweet. I obviously look at her instagram too much but she's great and I can't wait to see more from her. You may know her mom, Yolanda Foster a former model and now stars on The Real House Wives of Beverly Hills. This 19 year old Dutch and Palestinian model began working at 4 for Baby Guess and Guess kid and hopes to be a Victoria's Secret Angel one day. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4676882/
Switzerland is a fairytale
THE COVER GIRLS
Cris Urena is so beautiful and was actually in school to be a nurse when one of her friends submitted her photo to a modeling agency. which eventually lead her to SI. The pictures of this Dominican beauty are lively, colorful and fun.