The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is often considered an American staple. There are very few people who don’t see the issue hit their mailboxes or store shelves and know it means they are about to see some of the most gorgeous women in the world. Even though the mag has long had some of the prettiest women anyone has ever seen, there are still some ladies that stand out among the incredible crowd. If you’ve ever wanted to see just who the cream of the crop of the hottest of the hot was then you need to check out this list of the top 10 hottest women to appear on Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue.
Back before Tyra Banks was a successful talk show host, she was making her money as a model. Not only was she a top model, but she was breaking ground as she became the first African-American to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition as well as GQ. Her Swimsuit Issue came in 1997.
Hannah Davis is not only one of the hottest women on the face of the planet, she’s also among the newest additions to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The latest girlfriend of Derek Jeter appeared on the 2015 issue.
Before Brooklyn Decker was making the cover in 2010, there was another blonde bombshell who has made a career of doing more than modeling. Miller was about 30 when she appeared in the 2008 edition of the mag.
The young and vivacious Kate Upton was a relatively unknown when she made the cover of the 2013 edition. Since then, the blonde bombshell has seen her career skyrocket to the point where she even managed to grab a tiger by the tail when she started dating Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.
Irina Shayk was born in Russia as Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova in Yemanzhelinsk to a coal miner father and a kindergarten teacher mother. Part of the reason the woman has had any career at all is because of those incredible eyes, which she showed off on the 2011 issue. In 2014, she made her acting debut alongside The Rock in Hercules.
This all American girl has been all over. She’s appeared in a number of different movies, has long been a clothes and lingerie model and in 2010 she made the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and the world officially fell in love with her.
Long before Rebecca Romjin was known as the original Mystique in the X-Men movies, she was getting every post-pubescent boy’s blood pressure up. The model and actress made an appearance on the 1999 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover.
Tyra Banks isn’t the only throwback on this list. Back in 1988 Elle Macpherson was a bonafide supermodel. Not only was she strutting along more than one catwalk but she was showing the world what she looked like in a swimsuit when she appeared on the cover of SI’s flagship issue.
Bar Rafaeli was once a well kept secret in Israel. Then she became an international modeling star and her star took off something fierce. When she made the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue in 2009, the entire world saw just how gorgeous she is when she’s wearing a bikini.
Brooklyn Decker’s modeling career started in the most happenstance way for any American teenager, when she was simply shopping at the mall. She was discovered by a modeling agency, and she skyrocketed into one of the hottest new models in the industry. By the time she was 19 years old, she made her first of three-consecutive appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues. By 2010, she was the cover model for the magazine. Decker is also well known for being married to tennis player Andy Roddick.