Even though there has been a brief spell of warm weather
here in Ohio and the Midwest, I realize this will be soon
short-lived and turned back into the cold of Brrr! Winter.
With the musical influences of Nancy Sinatra, Chuck Brown
and Neil Young, the rapper, Nelly, made a hit song in 2002
called, (and warning, there will be a misspelled word in the
title on purpose!) “It’s Getting Hot in Herre!”
I am going to warm things up a bit by talking about one
of the most controversial magazines coming out in January:
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue!
Baby, it’s always cold outside in the Midwest! The statistics
done on the frequent buyers of this illustrious, provocative
magazine include men (of course!) and many women, too!
In the upcoming, soon to be arrival of the year, 2014 you will
see this famous and much desired magazine. I remember, other
than the National Geographic magazines arriving at our house,
that Sports Illustrated was one of the ones you could see
partial and sometimes, barely covered, nudity!
Yes, you may find in your mailbox or at your friendly local
supermarkets and on magazine stands the fiftieth anniversary
of a magazine that was originally titled, “Sporting Look”
magazine. The varied subjects of sports and sporting fashion
were featured in the first years of this magazine’s publication.
In 1960, the name for “Sporting Look” magazine changed to the
current label of “Sports Illustrated.” Then editor was Andre
Laguerre, who set the tone for the present informative and
Here’s a list of women who have graced the covers and pages
of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, who have found
their fame and fortune far surpassing their modeling days:
Kathy Ireland, whose line of clothing, furniture and sheets
meets a budgeted public along with giving some great designs.
Kathy holds the record of twelve covers of SI! Wow, you go,
All of the ones I have listed below have accomplished
more than just modeling swimsuits. I did not bother to
write all of their different talents, but you will recognize
their names! I have seen several in the public eye, in movies
and television, too.
Christie Brinkley, who for me, inspired my man, Billy Joel
to write a famous song, “Uptown Girl.” Well, after my
“research” I found out, he gives dating Elle Macpherson,
being surrounded by other beautiful women like Whitney
Houston, and lastly Christie the total sum of credit for
inspiring this song, he was initially going to call it,
“Uptown Girls,” PLURAL! You dog, Billy!
Tyra Banks, known for her several talk shows she was the
hostess, along with being one of the African Americans who
shows us beauty, intelligence and culture.
Heidi Klum, I like her children’s show filled with a light-
hearted comedic spin on it! There is still a gorgeous person,
inside and out!
I would like to quote Thomas Kinkade about ‘Living in a Playful
“We live far more joyfully when we allow ourselves a playful
spirit, even in work.”
The year of my college graduation, 1978, Cheryl Tiegs made the
fishnet bathing suit famous, along with decorating many of my
male friends’ college dorm rooms! I am sure that many teenagers
were ‘scarfing up’ over the years of swimsuits, their parents’
photographs and posting them on their locker doors, too!
Numerous facts about SI can be found in the fifty years that
the magazine has been around. There have been many folks who
have ‘banned’ the magazine, some magazine stands covering the
front cover with a paper bag or having them behind the counter.
It is attributed to ‘pushing the envelope’ and sparking a big
furor over the ‘lack of decency.’
I found the wide variety of items, that have been strategically
placed, to be quite amusing and interesting, too. These have
included guitar picks, beer caps, hot peppers and even in the
popularity of this televised product; Chia Pet grass!
There have been years of body paint taking the place, all
together, of the bathing suit. The popular bikinis and the
many holed and fine strips of fabric stretched to cover
the few body parts left uncovered all to me is vastly funny!
Athletes and couples were included in the 30th Anniversary
magazine, in 1993.
The National Organization of Women (NOW) and the group
called, “Women Against Pornography” have taken offense
without any results or loss of sales…
Last year, 2013’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition
issue was sold to over 70 million readers.
That’s about all for now on this subject!
Now, go buy out and buy the coffee table book, which
celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the magazine.
This has more fascinating facts, along with photographic
examples and see how people react to this presentation
in your living room!