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2/13/2008 11:48:00 AM

Our favorite Swimsuit Models

Elsa Benitez
Elsa Benitez was SI's cover girl in 2001.
SI
By Jimmy Traina, SI.com

You might have heard that Swimsuit 2008 launched yesterday. So we thought this would be the perfect time to unveil our all-time favorite Swimsuit models. When you're done reading our list, send us yours.

1. Elsa Benitez: This will always be our favorite cover. We'll never understand how Rony Seikaly let her get away.

2. Mallory Snyder: She earns big points for being the only sane female in the history of The Real World.

3. Heidi Klum: She looks as good now as she did when she first appeared in the Swimsuit issue in 1998.

4. Irina Shayk: This marked her second year Irina was in the Swimsuit issue and we think she has the best gallery on the site.

5. Carmella Garcia: Is she technically a Swimsuit model? Probably not. But she was a Playboy model and she's in this year's Swimsuit issue, so that's good enough for us.

Who are your all-time favorite Swimsuit models? Let us know.
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Comments:

Posted: February 13, 2008 1:09 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
My first viewing of Cheryl Tiegs' fishnet suit may have been the exact moment I reached puberty.
You must be really young. I'm only 30, and my all-time favorites are Elle McPherson, Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, and Brooklyn Decker.
Posted: February 13, 2008 1:27 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Fab Five of Swimsuits

Kathy Ireland
Elle McPherson
Cheryl Tieggs
Paulina Porizkova
Esla Benitez
Stacy Williams
Stacy Williams
Stacy Williams
Posted: February 13, 2008 1:52 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Marissa Miller Needs to be on that list.
Posted: February 13, 2008 2:00 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kathy Ireland! No doubt about it. ..and don't forget those 'bunny ears'
Posted: February 13, 2008 2:01 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How does Tyra's iconic cover not make the list?
Posted: February 13, 2008 2:07 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Elle McPherson
Paulina Porizkova
Marissa Miller
Bar Rafael
Rebecca Romjin
Posted: February 13, 2008 2:07 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kathy Ireland (1st ever crush!)
Rachel Hunter (Stacy's Mom)
Elle MacPherson (the Body!)
Christie Brinkley (Vacation anyone?)
and my rookie to the list: Tori Praver
Posted: February 13, 2008 3:01 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Marissa Miller
Kathy Ireland
Posted: February 13, 2008 3:03 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Yeah, how old is the author??

To leave out Cheryl Tiegs, Kathy Ireland and Paulina Poritzkova??
Posted: February 13, 2008 3:12 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I realize I'm showing my age,but in her day tough to leave out Stephanie Seymour
Posted: February 13, 2008 3:17 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Beyonce hands down
Posted: February 13, 2008 3:19 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
HOW CAN YOU NOT INCLUDE "VENDELA" IN YOUR LIST? THAT COVER ALONE IS STILL THE SEXIEST SWIMSUIT COVER EVER.
Stacy Williams
Elle McPherson
Kathy Ireland
Marissa Miller
Brooklyn Decker
Posted: February 13, 2008 3:38 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Laetitia Casta!!! Most beautiful woman alive. Although I'll mimic the others' sayings of Elle McPherson, Stacy Williams, and Kathy Ireland.
Yamila Diaz-Rahi. No contest

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/swimsuit/collection/models/yamila_diaz-rahi.html
Posted: February 13, 2008 4:46 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Paulina Porizkova
Christie Brinkley
Marisa Miller
Stacey Williams
Chandra North
Posted: February 13, 2008 5:00 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
not in any order

Heidi Klum
Petra Nemcova
Elle MacPherson
Elsa Benitez
Marisa Miller
Posted: February 13, 2008 5:11 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Marissa Miller
Vendela
Elle McPherson
Stacy Williams
Christy Brinkly

Now that's a top 5. But you gotta give it up to Jeff Garcia. Holy cow she's hot.
Posted: February 13, 2008 5:30 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kathy Ireland
Christie Brinkley
Marissa Miller
Elle McPherson to name a few.
Posted: February 13, 2008 6:27 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Elle McPherson is number one in my book followed by Kathy Ireland, Rachel Hunter, and Paulina Porikova.
Posted: February 13, 2008 6:28 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
My favorite SI model? Easy. All of them ... it's a 97-way tie for first.
Posted: February 13, 2008 6:28 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
tyra....period.
Posted: February 13, 2008 6:57 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Elsa Benitez
Tyra Banks
Stephanie Seymore
Stacey Williams
Beyonce
Elle McPerson (How can you pick just 5)
Posted: February 13, 2008 7:06 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Petra Nemcova
Anne V
Elle McPherson
Kathy Ireland
Paulina Porizkova
Posted: February 13, 2008 7:10 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I just have a few lol. Chronologically speaking:

Christie Brinkley
Carol Alt
Kathryn Redding
Paulina Porizkova
Kathy Ireland
Elle Macpherson
Karen Alexander
Judit Masco
Stacey Williams
Tyra Banks
Rebecca Romijn
Noemie Lenoir
Jessica White
Posted: February 13, 2008 7:16 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Paulina Porizkova
Stephanie Seymour
Elle McPherson
Rachel Hunter
Heidi Klum
Posted: February 13, 2008 7:17 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Elle McPherson
Kathy Ireland
Rachel Hunter
Tyra Banks
Marisa Miller
Posted: February 13, 2008 8:09 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
in no set order

molly sims
brooklyn decker
heidi klum
elle mcpherson
marissa miller
Posted: February 13, 2008 8:35 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
im going to say this one is probably one no one else will mntion:

1. maria von hartz


rest of the best:

elle
stacy williams
ireland
angie everhart
Marisa Miller should be number 2 or 3
Posted: February 13, 2008 10:24 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
To repeat some names:

2. Cheryl Tiegs
3. Rachel Hunter
4. Beyonce
5. Elle McPherson

and one that wasn't mentioned, but is my number 1 - Jennie Finch
Posted: February 14, 2008 12:31 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Dude, how old are you ... 20? Do you not remember the greatness of the 80s and early 90s when these beautiful women graced the pages of SI for the Swimsuit Issue:
1. Kathy Ireland -- oh, those green eyes!
2. Elle McPherson -- The Body
3. Cheryl Tiegs -- fishnet suit
4. Stephanie Seymour -- those eyes
5. Rachel Hunter -- big hair, pouty lips
Posted: February 14, 2008 12:47 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
There will never by more style and class than that of Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley.
Posted: February 14, 2008 1:30 AM   by Anonymous Lionheart
Brooklyn Decker! She has captured my heart. SI should give her the record for most consective appearences and cover appearences.
Posted: February 14, 2008 4:10 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
i cant disagree with any of these, except one. ann V. not only is she not one of the best, she is hideous. how did she even make it.
Posted: February 14, 2008 7:22 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How can you leave off the best of the best:
Kathy Ireland
Rachel Hunter
Cheryl Tiegs
Elle Mcphearson
Christy Brinkly
Heide Klum

I may be missing some but you missed the alot more than I!!
Posted: February 14, 2008 7:45 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Christie Brinkley
Elle MacPherson
Kathy Ireland
Marisa Miller
Paulina
Posted: February 14, 2008 10:30 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland
Kathy Ireland
Posted: February 14, 2008 10:42 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Would've liked to have seen body paint on–

Stacey Williams
Niki Taylor
Kathy Ireland
Stephanie Seymour
Laetitia Casta
Tyra Banks
Ashley Montana
Posted: February 14, 2008 11:23 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Cheryl Tiegs in the fishnet can never be beat.
A SI swimsuit obserever scince 1978, the undisputed rankings are:#1- Cheryl Tiegs and the fishnet will ALWAYS be first, followed by Heidi Klum, Kathy Ireland, Carol Alt, and Marissa Miller.
Posted: February 14, 2008 11:27 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kathy Ireland.
Enough said.
Posted: February 14, 2008 11:29 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Heidi Klum
Elle McPherson (The Body!)
Daniella Pestova (The Best Cover, ever!)
Rebecca Romjin
Laetitia Casta
It was 96 the first time I saw Swimsuit edition so here's my top five:

Rebecca Romjin
Heidi Klum
Elsa Benitez
Laetitia Casta
Petra Nemcova
Veronica Varekova
Its hard to choose with such beauties.
Seikaly probably let her go for the same reason guys let all girls go: she's completely nuts.
Posted: February 14, 2008 12:10 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Marisa Miller (liked her for years now)
Chandra North
Daniela Pestova
Laetitia Casta
Michelle Lombardo (why only 2 issues?! Connecticut in da house!)
Posted: February 14, 2008 12:32 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kathy Ireland in the yellow bathing suit with the flower in her hair... that photograph is the closest SI has ever come to portraying heaven on earth.
Posted: February 14, 2008 12:39 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
MARISA MILLER
MARISA MILLER
MARISA MILLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: February 14, 2008 12:53 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kathy Ireland and Marisa Miller absolutely MUST be on that list!!! Hometown hotties!!!
Posted: February 14, 2008 12:58 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Gutless coward! You failed to publish my rebuttal to your cusp-of-puberty, self-flagelating article. Now, it's likely that you trim what little has grown in down there, motivated by some lame fantasy of abusing women like an Eastern European porn star. Are you ever able to free both hands at the same time? Or is one always in your crotch?
Posted: February 14, 2008 1:20 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kathy Ireland
Stacy Williams
Elle MacPherson
Cheryl Tiegs
Stephanie Seymore
Posted: February 14, 2008 1:21 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kathy Ireland
Elle McPherson
Paulina Porzikova
Petra Nemcova
Cheryl Tiegs or Carol Alt

Fast making a charge is Bar Rafael (those eyes!), but why do the models so rarely smile any more?
Posted: February 14, 2008 1:26 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Elle McPherson
Elle McPherson
Elle McPherson
Elle McPherson
Elle McPherson
and
Kathy Ireland
Stacy Williams
Marisa Miller
Cheryl Tieggs
Posted: February 14, 2008 1:41 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Daniella Sarahyba (2nd year and hot)

Rachael Hunter

Kathy Ireland

Cheryl Tieggs

Elle McPherson
Surprised to see Stacy Williams mentioned so often, I thought it was just me. I don't think she every received the notoriety that she is on this board.
Surprised to see Stacy Williams mentioned so often, I thought it was just me. I don't think she every received the notoriety that she is on this board.
Posted: February 14, 2008 2:00 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
There is Daniella Pestova, Petra Nemcova and then there is "everybody else".


Ditto on the Tiegs' puberty comment.
Posted: February 14, 2008 2:05 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1. Marisa Miller
2. Elsa Benitez
3. Heidi Klum
4. Petra Nemcova
5. Elle McPherson
Posted: February 14, 2008 2:15 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1. Marisa Miller
2. Marisa Miller
3. Heidi Klum
4. Elle Macpherson
5. Stacey Williams

Honorable mentions:
anyone who does body painting!!!
Posted: February 14, 2008 2:18 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1. Marisa Miller
2. Marisa Miller
3. Marisa Miller
4. Marisa Miller
5. Marisa Miller
Posted: February 14, 2008 2:41 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Marisa Miller (guys should learn to spell her name...don't stand a chance otherwise...well, not even then)
Kathy Ireland (whoever mentioned her eyes is right on the mark!)
Frankie Rayder
Cheryl Tiegs
Posted: February 14, 2008 2:57 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
my 5
Cheryl Tiegs
Elle McPherson
Kathy Ireland
Carol Alt
Rachel Hunter
Posted: February 14, 2008 3:08 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Damn, this is painful. OK, in no particular order:

Elle McPherson
Stacy Williams
Stephanie Seymour
Tyra Banks
Selita Ebanks

Just missing the cut:

Rachel Hunter
Paulina Porizkova
Carol Alt
Petra Nemcova
Michelle Lombardo
Posted: February 14, 2008 3:43 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
VENDELA (Hands down #1)
Kathy Ireland
Elle
Nikki Tyler
Tyra
Stacy Williams
Posted: February 14, 2008 3:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
petra nemcova
Posted: February 14, 2008 3:47 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Start with the best
Kathy Ireland
the following runner ups:
Rachel Hunter
Christie Brinkley
Brooklyn Decker
Paulina Porizkova
Stephanie Seymour

This list could go on for awhile....
Posted: February 14, 2008 4:03 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Remember Kathy Ireland, Rachel Hunter and Elle McPherson sharing a poolside cover? Oh, my... to which I have to add Heidi Klum and Marisa Miller.
Posted: February 14, 2008 4:42 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Molly Sims ... case closed. Even in fishing waders.
Posted: February 14, 2008 7:23 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Wow.. No Rachel Hunter, no Tyra Banks on the list? Gents, those are real women. But to round out the list:

Rachel Hunter
Tyra Banks
Christie Brinkley
Kathy Ireland
Marissa Miller

Now Marissa is the youngest on here, but man. There hasen't been a model in SI that really just "does it" for me since Tyra had that mezmerizing cover in the 90's. Nice.
Posted: February 14, 2008 7:26 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1) Marissa Miller (body)
2) Petra Nemcova (smile)
3) Daniella Pestova (eyes)
4) Heidi Klum (Her coming out of the water is my favorite ever)
5) Rachel Hunter (lips)
6) Elsa Benitez (first cover I ever saw)
7) Veronica Varekova (smoking on the cover)
8) Molly Sims (extremely hot)
9) Jessica White (what a body)
10) Brooklyn Decker
Posted: February 14, 2008 7:51 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Frankie Rayder. That woman could stop time. Bridget Hall could too.
Posted: February 14, 2008 7:57 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
#1 I think the #1 of all time has to be Hiedi Klum year after year she is just brings it.
#2 The most under rated in my opinion at 2 is Daniella Sarahyba just beautiful have you seen a bad photo with her in it. I think not.
#3 Tyras cover are you kinding me how did she not make this list.
#4 Kathy Ireland smoking to all generations.
#5 but anyone of this years line up of Gomez, Baker, Garcia, Haro, Shyak great rookie year, but if youre talking all time how do you not but Elle. The 5 spot is hard how do you leave off.
Posted: February 14, 2008 8:42 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Yamila Diaz-Rahi - duh!
Posted: February 14, 2008 9:25 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Marissa Miller has the best body, ever...
Posted: February 14, 2008 9:26 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
No particular order...
They are all to die for so its hard to choose only 5

Veronica Varekova
Marisa Miller
Bsr Rafeal
Irina Shayk
Yamila Diaz-Rahi
Posted: February 14, 2008 10:47 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The starting five
1)Marissa Miller
2)Elsa Benitez
3)Heidi Klum
4)Petra Nemcova
5)Jessica van der Steen
Posted: February 14, 2008 11:10 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Does no one remember Valeria Mazza? She was incredible....
A brother can't go wrong with any of these:

Selita Ebanks
Stacy Williams
Beyonce
Paulina Porizkova
Marissa Miller
Yamila Diaz-Rahi
Laetitia Casta
Tyra Banks
Yesica Toscanini
Aline Nakashima
Posted: February 15, 2008 9:18 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Daniella Sarahyba hands down. My girlfriend doesn't care that I look at her pictures because they look almost exactly alike.
Posted: February 15, 2008 10:13 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
In ascending order of greatness:
#5 Rachel Hunter
#4 Tyra Banks
#3 Elle McPherson
#2 Stephanie Seymour
and the triad of greatness
#1 Kathy Ireland, Christy Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs
Posted: February 15, 2008 10:14 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
You only need two:

Kathy Ireland (past)

Brooklyn Decker (present)
Posted: February 15, 2008 10:39 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Marissa Miller
Marissa Miller
Marissa Miller
Marissa Miller
Marissa Miller
Marissa Miller
Posted: February 15, 2008 10:51 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Irina? She looks like a unibrow trainwreck. What's up with Garcia's giant diaper?
Posted: February 15, 2008 11:25 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Heidi Klum
Molly Sims
Marisa Miller
Tyra Banks
Melissa Keller
Posted: February 15, 2008 11:32 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
In no particular order:
Heidi Klum, Molly Sims, Elsa Benitez, Bar Rafaeli, and Marisa Miller
Posted: February 15, 2008 11:36 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I LOVE MARISSA MILLER!
her pic on the bale of hay in 04 was awesome!!!!!! to bad she is married or she could be my future ex wife:)
Posted: February 15, 2008 11:50 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Stephanie Seymour
Kathy Ireland
Elle McPherson
Paula Porizkova
Elsa Benitez
There hasn't been a great Swimsuit Issue since Julie(?) Campbell retired from SI IMHO.
Posted: February 15, 2008 11:50 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Jessica Gomes
Brooklyn Decker
Posted: February 15, 2008 11:51 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Stephanie Seymour
Kathy Ireland
Elle McPherson
Paula Porizkova
Elsa Benitez
There hasn't been a great Swimsuit Issue since Julie(?) Campbell retired from SI IMHO.
Posted: February 15, 2008 11:55 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Kathy Ireland, no questions asked. She was lighting stray thoughts on fire when some of us were barely old enough to know what a razor was.
Posted: February 15, 2008 11:58 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
marissa miller,marissa miller,marissa
miller
Posted: February 15, 2008 12:28 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I whole-heartedly agree with post of the names listed...

I am partial to Marisa a bit more...

but what about Daniella Sarahyba..gorgeous smile...
Posted: February 15, 2008 12:32 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Bar Rafaeli, hands down
Posted: February 15, 2008 2:12 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
elle macpherson
cheryl tiegs
stephanie seymour
marissa miller
stacey williams

(fishnet bathing suit with cheryl tiegs began my puberty)
Posted: February 15, 2008 4:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
# 1 (with a bullet): Daniela Pestova. Not only an extraordinarily beautiful face, but definitely the best figure (perfect proportions and not rail-thin).

## 2-5: Yamila Diaz-Rahi, Stephanie Seymour, Marisa Miller, Laetitia Casta
Posted: February 15, 2008 5:23 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
SI should, of course, establish the Swimsuit Model Hall of Fame along the lines of MLB... 75% vote required et cetera... I'll leave the details to you... and, there is no doubt that Cheryl Tiegs would lead the first hall of fame class.
Posted: February 15, 2008 6:14 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
i dont care who numbers 5 through 2 are. but Marissa Miller has to be #1.
Posted: February 16, 2008 12:40 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
brooklyn decker's gotta be on there. she's gorgeous, and she gets bonus points for being so good at outpicking dr. z in z says she says. and don't forget maria sharapova
Posted: February 18, 2008 2:22 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I was going to pick just 5, but that's impossible...

Christie Brinkley
Rachel Hunter
Kathy Ireland
Heidi Klum
Daniela Pestova
Tori Praver
Daniella Sarahbya
Patricia Velazquez
Vendela
Stacy Williams
Posted: February 18, 2008 7:10 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Heidi Klum - The Legend

Kathy Ireland - The Girl Next Door

Stacey Williams - The Body

Marisa Miller - The All-American

Tori Praver - The Natural
Posted: March 19, 2008 9:19 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Jenna Jameson
Christy Canyon
Ginger Lynn
Oh wait... wrong list.
Posted: April 9, 2008 9:55 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I can't believe no one said Yesica Toscanini, she's fine!
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