It has been deemed the “swimsuit edition,” and Sports Illustrated has published one every year since 1964.
Some even credit it with making the bikini a recognized piece of swimwear. But why, if it’s called the “swimsuit edition,” are virtually none of the models featured in it wearing bikinis?
It’s 220 pages full of swimsuit veterans on the beaches of Hawaii, but very few bikinis. Even cover girl Hannah Davis deemed this the “year of the torso.”
Take Emily Ratajkowski or Erin Heatherton, for example. It might look like Heatherton’s wearing an American flag bikini, but it’s actually just painted on.
They dressed Ratajkowski in nothing but sand and a big green leaf in her photos.
They managed to get a bottom on Irina Shayk, but not much else.
No, we aren’t counting the bracelets.
And they didn’t even let rookie Hailey Clauson put on a swimsuit.
She had to wear one of those painted-on ones, too.
All Gigi Hadid got was a lei.
Sports Illustrated, we just have one question.
Where did all the bikinis go? (RELATED: Here’s Your Favorite SI Model Wearing Nothing But A Leaf)