Sports Illustrated pulled out all the stops to commemorate it’s 50th anniversary of its annual swimsuit edition. The famous sports magazine never ceases to amaze its league of followers so it’s no surprise that this year’s edition was yet another page-turner. Photographed by Walter Iooss Jr. on location at St. Lucia, models Cris Urena, Emily Ratajkowski, Samantha Hoopes, Lauren Mellor and Hannah Ferguson don some niftily placed body-paint for the photo shoot. The swimsuits are inspired by those worn by past SI models such as the 2007 Susan Holmes guitar pick swimsuit (“Pickini”) now ‘worn’ by SI newcomer Ratajkowksi or Kathy Ireland’s sequined swimsuit now ‘worn’ by Lauren Mellor. The whole process from the painting through the shoot could take up to 18 hours so we salute these beautiful troopers who did it all with a smile to bring the public another gorgeous spread.
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