When the first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition rolled out in 1964, no one really expected it to become one of the best selling editions each year for decades to come. No one thought that it was going to make the bikini a legitimate piece of apparel either, but history credits SI with helping make that happen, too. For over 50 years, most of the biggest names in modeling have graced the swimsuit edition cover or appeared in the edition. Cindy Crawford, Cheryl Tiegs, Tyra Banks, and Naomi Campbell are just a smattering of the hundreds of women that have made the annual SI Swimsuit Edition release as popular as it is.
According to Groovy History, the annual edition has caused quite a bit of controversy throughout the years. Some have claimed it exploits women and contributes to the moral decay of society. Some have even gone so far as to claim the photos are indecent and should be treated like adult-oriented content that minors cannot have access to. There have even been people that took exception with some of the models because they were athletes and not professional models, such as tennis player Anna Kournikova.
Kate Upton is one of those professional models that some fans have stated they would prefer to see more of. Upton is almost like SI royalty, appearing on the cover three times. She has also been voted the "Sexiest Women Alive" by People Magazine. She is married to Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, and they are expecting their first child soon, according to the Bay City Observer.