SI 2013 Swimsuit Issue Models: From Kate Upton to Nina Agdal [Gallery]

NEW YORK | Monday, February 18th, 2013 2:52am EDT

Hundreds of women have been on the cover of the SI edition since its beginning. The magazine demonstrated the world one of its most beautiful and sexy ladies. The 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is not an exception.

  • Irina Shayk was photographed by Alex Cayley in Seville, Spain. Swimsuit by Amir Slama.Irina Shayk was photographed by Alex Cayley in Seville, Spain. Swimsuit by Amir Slama.
  • Hannah Davis was photographed by Derek Kettela in Guilin, Guangxi Province, China. Swimsuit by Raya Hanon Swimwear.Hannah Davis was photographed by Derek Kettela in Guilin, Guangxi Province, China. Swimsuit by Raya Hanon Swimwear.
  • Genevieve Morton was photographed by James Macari in Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Swimsuit top by Beach Bunny Swimwear, bottom by Cali Dreaming.Genevieve Morton was photographed by James Macari in Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Swimsuit top by Beach Bunny Swimwear, bottom by Cali Dreaming.
  • Emily DiDonato was photographed by Kayt Jones in Namibia. Top by ZINKE, Bottom by Voda Swim.Emily DiDonato was photographed by Kayt Jones in Namibia. Top by ZINKE, Bottom by Voda Swim.
  • Cintia Dicker was photographed by Kayt Jones in Namibia. Swimsuit by Red Carter.Cintia Dicker was photographed by Kayt Jones in Namibia. Swimsuit by Red Carter.
  • Chrissy Teigen was photographed by David Burton in Easter Island, Chile. Swimsuit by B. Swim.Chrissy Teigen was photographed by David Burton in Easter Island, Chile. Swimsuit by B. Swim.
  • Ariel Meredith was photographed by Alex Cayley in Seville, Spain. Swimsuit by Raya Hanon Swimwear.Ariel Meredith was photographed by Alex Cayley in Seville, Spain. Swimsuit by Raya Hanon Swimwear.
  • Anne V was photographed by Derek Kettela in Guilin, Guangxi Province, China. Swimsuit by Ola Vida.Anne V was photographed by Derek Kettela in Guilin, Guangxi Province, China. Swimsuit by Ola Vida.
  • Alyssa Miller was photographed by James Macari in Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Swimsuit by Ola Vida.Alyssa Miller was photographed by James Macari in Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Swimsuit by Ola Vida.
  • Adaora was photographed by Kayt Jones in Namibia. Swimsuit by Letarte by Lisa Cabrinha.Adaora was photographed by Kayt Jones in Namibia. Swimsuit by Letarte by Lisa Cabrinha.

Well, talking about the history if the Sports Illustrated magazine, the first SI Swimsuit Edition was released on Jan. 20,1964. In comparison to modern variant of the edition, the original one was actually just a five-page supplement.

Babette March was the cover girl, wearing a white two-piece, which was very modest compared to what today’s models for the same publication wear (or don’t wear).

The swimsuit edition became a stand-alone issue for Sports Illustrated in 1997, and has become one of Time Inc.’s biggest revenue drivers over the years, bringing in more than $1 billion.

In 2005 alone, the swimsuit issue generated an estimated $35 million in ad sales. On top of that there are outside merchandise sales like calendars, too. Today, it generates about seven percent of SI’s annual revenue.

Hundreds of women have been on the cover of the SI edition since its beginning.  The magazine demonstrated the world one of the most beautiful and sexy ladies. The 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is not an exception.

The 2013 SI swimsuit issue does also feature many people from around the world, in addition to its models. There’s an African man with a spear in the background of a photo shot in Namibia. In a photo taken in China, the model sits on a raft as a man uses a pole to propel it, says the USA Today.

However, models are the main component of any SI issue. Meet the stunning class of Sports Illustrated 2013 models that grace on the pages of the 2013 edition.

Covered by a nearly nude Kate Upton, the latest issue of SI features 17 gorgeous gals –  including Irina Shayk, Kate Bock and Genevieve Morton – strutting their stuff on all seven continents.

Genevieve Mortonis a South African model. In 2010, she made her rookie debut in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and has since appeared in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 issues. She was also the cover model for the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimwear issue in the South African edition of the magazine.

Nina Agdal is no stranger to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.  The 20-year-old has already posed for the issue – out on February 12 – and is believed to have beaten off stiff competition from top contenders, Katherine Webb and Hannah Davis. Danish model was chosen as “Rookie of the Year” in 2012 SI edition.

Both Katherine Webb and Nina Agdal have reached super stardom at the same time. Webb was noticed after an ESPN broadcaster made comments about her looks as she sat in the stands supporting her boyfriend during a national championship game in Jan.

Hannah Davis modeled the Ralph Lauren fragrance Ralph Rocks. She also was part  of  Victoria’s Secret show as well as American Eagle, Tommy Hilfiger and Levi’s.

Australian model Jessica Gomes knows what it takes to be a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. The beautiful 27-year-old has been appearing in the magazine’s swimsuit edition since 2008.

Chrissy Teigen has got it made. Not only is she a famous supermodel featured in this year’s Swimsuit Issue, she is also engaged to singer John Legend.

Right now Kate Upton is considered the hottest woman in the world; and perhaps rightfully so. The 20-year-old Michigan native and Wolverines fan was named the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl.

It’s Upton’s third appearance in a Swimsuit issue. The beauty was chosen as rookie of the year two years ago, when Irina Shayk was on the cover.

The Russian looker, Irina Shayk, was Sports Illustrated’s 2011 cover girl, and is making her 7th consecutive appearance in the magazine.

Nigerian-American model Adaora Akubilo, who always flashes her megawatt smile on the red carpet, is also well-traveled thanks to Sports Illustrated. She was is one of the lucky models who got a coveted spot in Sports Illustrated’s 2012 Swuimsuit Edition.

Red headed siren Cintia Dicker has appeared in many fashion campaigns and is now a five-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model.

Louisiana-born model Ariel Meredith appeared in the 2009, 2012 and 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. She’s got to travel to Spain for her latest photo shoot.

The 22-year-old sexy lady, Alyssa Miller, who is making her third Swimsuit Issue appearance, traveled to Australia’s Whitsunday Beach for her sexy shoot. The model also clearly follows a rule when dressing for the red carpet – show off ample cleavage.

All of them gathered in Sin City to promote the magazine that SI really-really wants you to buy this year.

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