Cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

One of the best honors a female supermodel can get is being on the cover of magazine Sports Illustrated. The new swimsuit edition of the special of Sports Illustrated magazine unveiled just yesterday. The lucky model selected to appear on the cover this year 2017 is: Kate Upton again.


Just a couple of years ago, Sports Illustrated introduced a new feature, Best rookie model. These are supermodels who appear on the Swimsuit edition for the first time although sometimes they are already famous.

In recent years, some prominent models have been selected as best rookie model. Subsequently, they have become household names.

Sara Sampaio, one of the best supermodels in the world, (chosen the 5th best in the recent post of Halcombe, best 30 supermodels in the world) was the best rookie in 2014, and she is now a Victoria´s Secret Angel.

The other best rookie supermodels are; Chrissy Teigen (2010), Kate Upton (2011), Nina Agdal (2012), Kate Bock (2013), Kelly Rohrback (2015), Barbara Palvin (2016) and Bianca Balti (2017)


Big things begin in a funny way on many occasions. This is the case; in 1964 the first edition of Swimsuit edition was published because there were not bigger stories to print in the winter months. Now, the release of this edition is a worldwide event.

Sports Illustrated is a sports publication as its name indicates. However, they make the brand even more famous with this annual release.

Some of the best photographers with a team of experts travel alongside the supermodels to unique places. It can be an island in the Pacific, Europe, a mountain, an icy spot… This is one of the most important jobs in the world of fashion and modelling.

To prove that, here you have the complete list with all the supermodels who have been on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. As you can discover, there are relevant and renowned names.


 1964: Babette March

1965: Sue Peterson

1966: Sunny Bippus

1967: Marilyn Tindall

1968: Turia Mau

1969: Jamee Becker

1970: Cheryl Tiegs

1971: Tannia Rubiano

1972: Shelia Roscoe

1973: Dayle Haddon

1974: Ann Simonton

1975: Cheryl Tiegs

1976: Yvette and Yvonne Sylvander

1977: Lena Kansbod

1978: Maria João

1979: Christie Brinkley

1980: Christie Brinkley

1981: Christie Brinkley

1982: Carol Alt

1983: Cheryl Tiegs

1984: Paulina Porizkova

1985: Paulina Porizkova

1986: Elle Macpherson

1987: Elle Macpherson

1988: Elle Macpherson

1989: Kathy Ireland

1990: Judit Masco

1991: Ashley Richardson

1992: Kathy Ireland

1993: Vendela Kirsebom

1994: Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson, and Rachel Hunter

1995: Daniela Pestova

1996: Valeria Mazza and Tyra Banks

1997: Tyra Banks

1998: Heidi Klum

1999: Rebecca Romijn

2000: Daniela Pestova

2001: Elsa Benitez

2002: Yamila Diaz

2003: Petra Němcová

2004: Veronica Varekova

2005: Carolyn Murphy

2006: Veronica Varekova, Elle Macpherson, Rebecca Romijn, Rachel Hunter, Daniela Pestova, Elsa Benitez, Carolyn Murphy, Yamila Diaz

2007: Beyoncé Knowles

2008: Marisa Miller

2009: Bar Refaeli

2010: Brooklyn Decker

2011: Irina Shayk

2012: Kate Upton

2013: Kate Upton

2014: Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, Chrissy Teigen

2015: Hannah Davis

2016: Ronda Rousey, Hailey Clauson, Ashley Graham (3 covers for the first time)

2017: Kate Upton

Some personalities and sport stars have appeared on the cover too. Some criticize this publication, others do not understand why a sports magazine features this kind of pictures.

However, the truth is Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition is one of the fashion events of the year. Do you like it or you hate it? Do share and comment.