From cover girls Christie Brinkley to Heidi Klum to Kate Upton, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s annual celebration of the world's most exquisite bodies has launched the careers of so many supermodels. Elle, Tyra and Brooklyn have become household names. In Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful, SI reveals the inside story of how what began as an eight-page travel piece has emerged as one of the most powerful— and hotly anticipated—media events of the year, with a global audience of more than 70 million.
Every model who has graced the issue is here, including Cheryl Tiegs in her fishnet suit to Kathy Ireland and her record 12 appearances. Within its alluring pages, you’ll find star athletes in swimsuits, the magic of bodypainting, never-before-seen outtakes, and all the unforgettable covers. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit is the definitive account of this extraordinary publication illuminated by hundreds of unique and breathtaking photographs—stunning women in captivating poses in exotic locales. Beautiful.