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Sports Illustrated is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic swimsuit issue with a more-is-more approach. Three models — Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge — strike a playful pose together in the mag’s coveted cover image, revealed Thursday night on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
David Letterman had handled the Sports Illustrated cover unveiling for the past six years, but Kimmel managed to steal it away from him this week, while Letterman was on a one-week break. The job would seem a natural fit for the former co-host of Comedy Central’s The Man Show.
While the SI swimsuit issue is some of the most valuable real estate in the modeling world — known to launch established models to international superstar status — the three young women told Sports Illustrated Swim Daily they were happy to share the spotlight.
“We really, honestly liked each other,” Teigen said. “Of course you are going to hear that from anybody who does a group shot, but this time it’s true. The connection was natural and the mood was fun.”
Expect possible shout-outs in the music world to follow the announcement. Teigen is married to R&B singer John Legend, while Aldridge is married to Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill. Teigen and Agdal have appeared in earlier issues of the Swimsuit Issue, while Aldridge has made the cover as an SI newbie.
The three models will appear as guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Feb. 17.
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Tracee Ellis Ross