FOR THE RECORD, the V stands for Vyalitsyna. But there are so many other possibilities. Vivacious. Voluptuous. Vibrant. Vigorous. Venerated, even, for few models are as widely respected as she is.
To that list, let's add one more: Versatile. In this, her 10th consecutive Swimsuit Issue (the second-longest streak ever, behind only Kathy Ireland), we sent Anne V to Brazil, allowing her to add another continent to her SI résumé. She's gone to all corners for us: North America (including the Bahamas, twice, and Jamaica in 2007), Europe (Portugal, '10), Africa (Seychelles, '12), Asia (China, last year). She's rocked Oceania (Fiji, '11), and even Turkey ('09), which spans two continents. Anne V has appeared alongside Kanye, been covered by nothing but a palm frond, posed with a vintage costume headdress at a Hollywood studio and been bodypainted in a Cubs jersey. (There were also some regular old shots of Anne on a beach mixed in there as well. They turned out O.K., to say the least.) In 2008 she took us to her native Russia, and while there she showed what a trendsetter she is, taking a photo of herself in a mirror—years before the term selfie had even been coined.
It's been a remarkable 10 years. Safe to say we're ecstatic she's spent them with us. Very.