The Hottest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Models

List of models who have appeared in the Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, including SI girls who have been featured on the cover. Since 1964, Sports Illustrated has collected pictures of the world’s hottest women in its annual “Swimsuit Edition,” including not only the most popular and beautiful models but also and athletes, all dressed provocatively in bikinis (or sometimes even less.) Though the bikini was first invented in the 1940s, it has often been suggested that the Sports Illustration Swimsuit Edition was really responsible for popularizing the now-mainstream style of swimwear.

Sports Illustrated editor Andre Laguerre first developed the swimsuit edition to fill the winter months that are traditionally slow in the world of sports. After the , in the midst of the NBA season but before baseball season begins ramping up, the Swimsuit Issue gave the something eagerly anticipated to publish, that would feature a gorgeous woman on the cover.

Among the models who have appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated are Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Rebecca Romijn, Rachel Hunter, Heidi Klum, and Tyra Banks. The only woman who was not a professional model to appear on the cover was Beyonce Knowles in 2007 (who notably had a line of bikinis to promote at the time.) In 2012, was selected as the Sports Illustrated Cover Girl for the first time.

Kate Upton


Emily Ratajkowski


Kim Cloutier


Marisa Miller


Bar Refaeli


Petra Nemcova


Cindy Crawford


Esti Ginzburg


Elle Macpherson


Stephanie Seymour


Nina Agdal


Heidi Klum


Ana Beatriz Barros


Lucia Dvorská


Yasmeen Ghauri


Laetitia Casta


Paulina Porizkova


Isabeli Fontana


Tori Praver


Anne V


Molly Sims


Jessica Hart


Cheryl Tiegs


Mallory Snyder


Carolyn Murphy


Veronica Vareková


Tyra Banks


Jessica Gomes


Jarah Mariano