Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli graces the cover of the Sports Illustrated 2009 Swimsuit Edition. The 23 year-old is a S.I. vet of sorts, she was also featured in S.I.’s 2007 and 2008 swimsuit editions.
For swimsuit models, the cover of S.I’s swimsuit edition is equivalent to winning the Super Bowl. Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Cheryl Tiegs, and Kathy Ireland all saw their careers catapult after appearing on the highly revered cover.
S.I. has been making millions of men smile since 1964, the year they began issuing the swimsuit edition. After 46 years, the swimsuit edition still is considered the biggest mag cover of the year.
Refaeli says she is well aware that no matter where her career takes her, she will once and forever be known as an S.I. swimsuit cover girl. Leo DiCaprio is a lucky, lucky man.
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