DIANE SMITH MJ DAY, DARCIE BAUM
Being a Swimsuit editor requires a wide range of expertise: in fashion (for styling the shoots), in business (for booking models) and in geography (for scouting locations), not to mention people skills. Day once found herself bartering clothespins with a group of Bedouins in Tunisia to keep them off the set. But the editors' most important relationships are with the people in front of the camera. "No one can possibly spend as much time with the models as (from left) Darcie, Diane and MJ do," says SI assistant managing editor Chris Stone. "It says something that models are always dropping by the office to see them. They trust them and are less inhibited because they know that these three are always looking out for them."
So much for easing into things. For his first Swimsuit assignment, Saint—born and raised in South Africa—was helicoptered to the top of a glacier to photograph four Olympians (page 82). "Warwick was unflappable," says design director Chris Hercik. "Nothing stopped him—rain, sleet, snow. As tempted as we are to make him our cold-weather specialist, I think he's earned himself a trip to the beach."
In her 10 years working on SI Swimsuit shoots, Murphy has dealt with everything from shark frenzies to food poisoning. But she's survived it all—and helped others thrive. Says Brooklyn Decker, who worked with Murphy in the Maldives (page 52), "When you're dealing with beach storms and jet lag, you need fun, easygoing people. I felt beautiful and had a blast with Tracy on set. She's a true star."