Sports Illustrated 2012 Swimsuit Issue: Bar Refaeli’s Photo Shoot [Gallery]

Bar Refaeli heats up the pages of this years Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and she does not disappoint.

  • Bar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by Have Faith Swimwear. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports IllustratedBar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by Have Faith Swimwear. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated
  • Bar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by MB Beach Couture by Maria Buccellati. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports IllustratedBar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by MB Beach Couture by Maria Buccellati. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated
  • Bar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by So De Mel Swim by Sonia De Mello. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports IllustratedBar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by So De Mel Swim by Sonia De Mello. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated
  • Bar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by So De Mel Swim by Sonia De Mello. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports IllustratedBar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by So De Mel Swim by Sonia De Mello. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated
  • Bar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by Vix Swimwear, Inc. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports IllustratedBar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by Vix Swimwear, Inc. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated
  • Bar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by Vix Swimwear, Inc. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports IllustratedBar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by Vix Swimwear, Inc. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated
  • Bar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by Vix Swimwear, Inc. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports IllustratedBar Refaeli was photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. in New York, New York. Swimsuit by Vix Swimwear, Inc. Photo: Walter Iooss Jr./Sports Illustrated

So, Kate Upton is your 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model. But she isn’t the only lady who is just dominating bikinis this year.

Bar Refaeli, the cover girl for SI’s 2009 swimsuit issue, also looks ridiculously sexy this year. The experienced model knows how to work it in a barley-there black lace bikini top (check out the gallery above.)

Supermodel Bar Refaeli showed off her superfit bikini body in sizzling photospreads with tennis star Rafael Nadal, NBA star Chris Paul and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

Refaeli has also modeled for Victoria’s Secret. The 5 ft.-8.5 in Israeli bombshell, who previously dated actor Leonardo DiCaprio, confessed she felt less than perfect posing next to the ripped Nadal, Paul and Phelps.

“My secret is living a healthy lifestyle,” Refaeli, 26, says in the August 2011 issue of UK Vogue. “It’s really important because looking glamorous and looking sexy comes also from the inside.

“So if you eat healthy, if you work out, if you keep in shape [you’ll look good]. Also having a sense of humour about life, taking things easy – it’s a big part of the way you present yourself.”

Her workout routine includes lots of cardio and martial arts-based exercise, notably Krav Maga (the same workout Angelina Jolie did for the spy thriller Salt).

“My trainer taught me all kinds of kicks and they work everywhere—your abs, your butt,” Refaeli said.

The Israeli fighting method works the entire body, much like cardio kickboxing and uses kettle bells, jump ropes, boxing bags and gloves.

Bar, who has made a lucrative living off her stunning good looks, prefers a moderate approach to dieting.

“I guess every girl has days where she feels good and days where she feels she could lose a couple of pounds, and it’s the same for me,” Refaeli has said.

“I’m generally in pretty good shape, but if I have a major shoot or fashion show coming up and I want to look my best, then I’ll spend a little extra time working out or I’ll stick to eating salads and chicken for a few days.”

She continued: “I would never go on some crazy fad diet or eat anything weird to get thinner – it’s just not good for your body.”

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