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SI cover girl Refaeli nudges her swimsuit south
Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, February 10, 2009 | SAMANTHA CRITCHELL

Posted on 02/10/2009 11:37:34 AM PST by jaydubya2

NEW YORK - The world knows a lot more about Bar Refaeli today than it did yesterday, including where her tiny tan line falls.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit unveiled the 23-year-old Israeli, who has been romantically linked to Leonardo DiCaprio, as a first-time cover girl on Tuesday.

This gig, more than top fashion or entertainment magazines, can be career-altering as it puts a model's face (not to mention, her fantastically toned body) in front of millions of eyeballs, appealing to both men and women, sports fans and fashionistas.

It's the cover that matters most, says SI group editor Terry McDonell, but each model _ 19 for this issue _ gets an equal shot at the cover. Refaeli wears a string bikini by Missoni _ and the strings on the bikini bottom are being tugged south.

"The cover has to reflect the athleticism and sexiness of the culture. This photo is modern, her hair and swimsuit look natural. You see her freckles. Her body is amazing and she looks intelligent," McDonell said.

It's also purposeful, he noted, that the models have healthy, sometimes curvy, figures. "A skinny waif won't work here."

McDonell, along with Swimsuit editor Diane Smith and SI creative director Steve Hoffman, sifted through 90,000 photos this year. In consumer testing, it's inevitable that the raciest one is the favorite, but that's not the one that lands on the front. "There are marketplace considerations," McDonell explained. "I want to be at the front of the store, not the back."

Refaeli told The Associated Press that she had the feeling that this particular shot of her in the water on Canouan Island in the Grenadines was her chance to be on the front.

"This is the one I felt the most comfortable with," said Refaeli, who twice before was featured on the inside pages of the magazine. "You have the beach, blue water and a body. That's it. I liked that the top of the suit was on."

You can be sexy without revealing too much skin, said veteran supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, who first appeared on the Swimsuit issue cover in 1970 _ and then again in 1975 and 1983.

That shot happened at the end of a full day shooting in Hawaii, and she was cold. Someone gave her long-sleeve top to warm her up and when the photographer asked her to take it off, Tiegs refused _ and she wouldn't take off her sunglasses either, she recalled. That photo, she said, really captured a moment, though.

"I remember walking by the newsstand and seeing I was on the cover and picking up a copy or two. That was the celebration then. ... But I'm still signing covers for fans," Tiegs said.

SI's swimsuit issue began in 1964, when February marked the low point of the sports seasons. The NFL ended in December, there were no national televised hockey games and the NBA had only a half-dozen teams. After putting safe-driving tips and dog shows on the cover, SI decided to put an attractive female on the cover and call it a "skin-diving story," recalls Smith.

It was popular from the start, but Smith thinks it was Tiegs' cover that made it a phenomenon. However, it was Kathy Ireland in a white strapless bikini in 1989 that remains the best-selling cover.

"I've done many, many, many different covers in the fashion world ... but never had as big a splash as Sports Illustrated," said Heidi Klum, the cover model in 1998. "I went to `(The Tonight Show with Jay) Leno,' the morning shows in New York and LA _ it was a huge thing _ suddenly I became a household name," she said.

But more than the fame, Klum said she appreciates from SI the professionalism shown to a relatively untested model wearing next to nothing. "I had wanted it to be so good. I'd arch so hard ... but they'd say, `Look sexy with your eyes. Don't overpose. Be yourself and have fun.'"

There's a balance between wholesome and sexy the editors are always straddling, without ever being sleazy, Hoffman said.

The magazine spends an average of three days shooting each model, each with an average wake-up call of 4:30 a.m. because the light is best at dawn, and have about 10,000 bathing suits to choose from.

And even with the outfits so small, SI spends an average of $2,000 in overweight baggage fees per location.

"The logistics are horrifying ... but the Swimsuit issue is probably the healthiest of all the Sports Illustrated franchises, and it's good to be with things that work, especially these days," said McDonell.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Outdoors; Sports
KEYWORDS: fineart; hotties; idhitit; multiplehits
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1 posted on 02/10/2009 11:37:34 AM PST by jaydubya2
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To: jaydubya2

That is awesome.


2 posted on 02/10/2009 11:40:57 AM PST by exist
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To: jaydubya2

Not guilty in the least


3 posted on 02/10/2009 11:41:56 AM PST by mnehring
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To: jaydubya2

Mazel tov!


4 posted on 02/10/2009 11:41:56 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (This disaster brought to you by the failed Obama administration.)
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To: jaydubya2

It’s the belly button that sets her apart ...


5 posted on 02/10/2009 11:41:56 AM PST by tx_eggman (I own two rare photos. Houdini as he locks his keys in his car and Norman Rockwell beating a child.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

lechaim!


6 posted on 02/10/2009 11:42:57 AM PST by mnehring
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To: jaydubya2

Whoa!!! Tell me she dreams of meeting an old, fat, gray haired grandfather and granting him his last wish!!!


7 posted on 02/10/2009 11:43:11 AM PST by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: jaydubya2

Not guilty!
And
I’d hit that until I was mentally incapacitated from exhaustion!


8 posted on 02/10/2009 11:43:31 AM PST by arealconservativeforachange (There are too many Republicans in the Republican Party.)
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To: jaydubya2

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh that SI.

I thought it was Staten Island Guidettes.


9 posted on 02/10/2009 11:43:38 AM PST by Vaquero ( "an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: jaydubya2
Geee....I wonder how she got that job???????

(Hint - boyfriend is famous actor)

10 posted on 02/10/2009 11:44:43 AM PST by BossLady (Fauxbama is a lipsomaniac....)
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To: exist
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit unveiled the 23-year-old Israeli, who has been romantically linked to Leonardo DiCaprio

Well, it's not like she dates men anyway.

11 posted on 02/10/2009 11:44:58 AM PST by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: All

Maybe it’s a trick of the lights, but she actually looks like she has hips....


12 posted on 02/10/2009 11:45:04 AM PST by Maverick68 (w)
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To: jaydubya2

13 posted on 02/10/2009 11:45:45 AM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: exist

14 posted on 02/10/2009 11:46:35 AM PST by cdbull23 (What's going on in my brain? Check it out: www.cainsbrain.com)
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To: arealconservativeforachange

15 posted on 02/10/2009 11:47:06 AM PST by rednesss (Fred Thompson - 2008)
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To: cdbull23

LOL!

Classic.


16 posted on 02/10/2009 11:47:51 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: jaydubya2; Lazamataz

Laz would hit it...


17 posted on 02/10/2009 11:48:01 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 22 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: cdbull23

Not guilty!

I don’t know if I’d hit it or not...

Yeah, I’d hit it.


19 posted on 02/10/2009 11:48:22 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (History does repeat itself. This is Ceasar and the Roman Senate.)
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To: BossLady

Meow.


20 posted on 02/10/2009 11:48:24 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag fire.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Wow. The Mod Squad is on top of this thread...


21 posted on 02/10/2009 11:49:27 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 22 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: jaydubya2

22 posted on 02/10/2009 11:49:51 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: jaydubya2

She holds the cure for Islam.


23 posted on 02/10/2009 11:52:03 AM PST by Loud Mime (Stop the Clown-Car Stimulus!)
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To: jaydubya2
Photobucket
24 posted on 02/10/2009 11:53:17 AM PST by NYleatherneck (It ain't a World War until the French surrender.)
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To: ontap

“Whoa!!! Tell me she dreams of meeting an old, fat, gray haired grandfather and granting him his last wish!!!”

Thank You for thinking of me. I will wait her reply


25 posted on 02/10/2009 11:54:41 AM PST by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Really! It's time; NOW)
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To: jaydubya2

...if I weren't already married to the most beautiful lady in tthe world.

26 posted on 02/10/2009 11:54:53 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Pretending the Admin Moderator doesn't exist will result in suspension.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

27 posted on 02/10/2009 11:55:24 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote (INGSOC starts 1.20.09)
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To: cdbull23

Hilarious.


28 posted on 02/10/2009 11:55:49 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Mr. Bernanke, have you started working on your book about the second GREATER depression?")
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To: jaydubya2

I wonder if Ralph Mazzucco did the photography this year, like he did last year? He’s a real artist.


29 posted on 02/10/2009 11:56:39 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: dfwgator

30 posted on 02/10/2009 11:57:05 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote (INGSOC starts 1.20.09)
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To: jaydubya2

31 posted on 02/10/2009 12:00:46 PM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: jaydubya2

skank


32 posted on 02/10/2009 12:01:35 PM PST by GeronL (please stand by...)
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To: jaydubya2

“Cancel my subscription!” HA HA HA HA HA


33 posted on 02/10/2009 12:02:32 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: arealconservativeforachange

Can I do it til I need glasses?


34 posted on 02/10/2009 12:02:33 PM PST by Uriah_lost (Is there no balm in Gilead?....)
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To: Travis T. OJustice
I'D HIT THAT WITH MY NOSE! Brown Cappin
35 posted on 02/10/2009 12:02:38 PM PST by Fred911 (YOU GET WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: Travis T. OJustice
I'd hit it hard enough

to open a new crack!

36 posted on 02/10/2009 12:02:40 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 22 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: namsman

Ping!!!!!!!!!


37 posted on 02/10/2009 12:06:45 PM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: dirtymac

Forget it dude I’m probably older and fatter!


38 posted on 02/10/2009 12:06:52 PM PST by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: jaydubya2

I'd hit it!


39 posted on 02/10/2009 12:08:00 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: null and void
Photobucket I'll hit when I get off this couch!!!
40 posted on 02/10/2009 12:08:36 PM PST by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: jaydubya2
Photobucket
41 posted on 02/10/2009 12:08:48 PM PST by Red Reign (Storm clouds gather. Fear not, it's a Red Reign that's coming.)
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To: Revolting cat!

I don’t know why, but I’m just laughing hysterically over that picture, even without the caption.


42 posted on 02/10/2009 12:08:57 PM PST by Pyro7480 (This Papist asks everyone to continue to pray the Rosary for our country!)
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To: jaydubya2

I'd run and hit it!


43 posted on 02/10/2009 12:10:01 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: GeronL
skank

Yeah, because you'll never have it.

44 posted on 02/10/2009 12:10:25 PM PST by Travis T. OJustice (Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

probably too used, don’t know where its been


45 posted on 02/10/2009 12:11:08 PM PST by GeronL (please stand by...)
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To: jaydubya2

I'd hit it!


46 posted on 02/10/2009 12:12:56 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Cyber Liberty

“...if I weren’t already married to the most beautiful lady in tthe world.”

Doesn’t seem possible — I thought I was married to the most beautiful lady in the world.


47 posted on 02/10/2009 12:18:51 PM PST by Nabber
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To: jaydubya2

Daddy like.


48 posted on 02/10/2009 12:21:38 PM PST by oldvike
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To: Revolting cat!

Anybody who thinks this cover is sexist or offensive in any way can send me their issue. I wouldn’t want them going in the trash where some innocent boy might find them and become corrupted.

DiCraprio might be a flaming liberal but he does have good taste in women.


49 posted on 02/10/2009 12:22:50 PM PST by Alcibiades ("First come smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire"--Roland Deschain)
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To: Alcibiades

LOL.


50 posted on 02/10/2009 12:24:20 PM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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