The 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition will be released into the wild on Monday, Feb. 13, and it will have at least two amazing features.
No. 1 … how is this still a thing? With naked women available on the internet 24/7, it’s remarkable that a print magazine still holds the world in thrall with its near-nakedness in 2017.
No. 2 … Christie Brinkley may be on the cover. Yep, one of our most enduring national monuments, who first graced the SI Swimsuit cover in 1979, and is now 63 years old, will be in the SI Swimsuit edition. This makes her one of the greatest athletes on the planet, IMO. (See below).
One model who may or may not be in the magazine is Kate Upton — who, says the New York Post, is acting like a big diva and may be booted.
Sources tell us that an appearance by Upton — whose Rookie of the Year pictures in the mag in 2011 helped make her a star — is still up in the air because of her diva demands.
“There was drama,” says the source. “Kate demanded that if she did the shoot, that she absolutely must get the cover. She also had a list of photographers and hair and makeup people she would only work with.”
Upton appeared on the magazine’s cover twice, in 2012 and 2013, when she was photographed in Antarctica.
The source continued of this time around, “She was being a big f - - king diva. She’s thinks she’s better than everyone because she’s an actress.”
Upton has appeared in the films The Other Woman (2014), The Three Stooges (2012) and Tower Heist (2011), with three others in post-production — among them The Masterpiece with Bryan Cranston and James Franco.
So perhaps she feels that this bikini modeling thing is ready to be shuffled into the past? Upton of course is still engaged to Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander.
Meanwhile, Brinkley has already done a photo shoot that includes her two daughters, Alexa Ray Joel, 31, and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18.
Yes! I am excited to announce that I am back in @si_swimsuit ..I figured with my gorgeous daughters @alexarayjoel and @sailorbrinkleycook by my side whose going to be looking at me! Oh and My kids think I walk on water, so let's not mention the apple box concealed just under the surface. For a preview check out @people.com ..and thank you Sports Illustrated for sending the powerful message that good things come in packages of every size and we do not come with an expiration date! psI can’t wait to see everyone at VIBES on Feb 17th and 18th in Houston! #proudmomhere!
The latest SI Swimsuit Edition will likely have three covers, and good bets to be there are tennis star Serena Williams, Brinkley, and possibly Upton.