Posted July 19, 2013

Sports Illustrated’s 50 Greatest Swimsuit Models (10-1)

50 Greatest Swimsuit Models, Alumni

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This week, Sports Illustrated will be counting down its Top 50 all-time models, 10 per day, with the winner being revealed on Friday in conjunction with SI’s Summer of Swim Event at Wynn Las Vegas.

COMPLETE LIST: No. 50-41 | No. 40-31 | No. 30-21 | No. 20-11

10. Paulina Porizkova

Hometown: Prostejov, Czechoslovakia
Years in Swimsuit Issue: 7 (1983-86, 1989, 1992, 2004)
Social: Twitter

In 1984, Porizkova, a Czech native, was the first woman from Central Europe to be featured on the SI Swimsuit cover. She appeared on the cover again the following year, making her only the second model to ever appear on back-to-back covers (Christie Brinkley was the first). Porizkova got her start as a model in Paris in the early ’80s.

Random Fact: In addition to TV appearances on America’s Next Top Model, Dancing With the Stars and As The World Turn and Desperate Housewives, Porizkova was featured on an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories.

Tweet us your thoughts about our greatest swimsuit model picks at #Swim50

44 comments
Bull2152
Bull2152

Kathy Ireland is the only one that should be #1. It's flat out a no brainer. Kathy Ireland's name is the one name that's first out of 70-80% of any guys mouth I've ever talked to whether or not she was their favorite or not. Kathy Ireland not only is outstandingly gorges and what really set her apart where her amazing eyes and killer smile, her eyes alone make her stand out , she could seduce just about anyone with those. Weight gain and loss even at 50 she still outstandingly gorges.

Elle was beautiful don't get me wrong, but not what I think of at all when I think of SI swimsuit edition. Hell I think of Rachel Hunter and Heidi Klum before Elle, and Christy??,, Please, she's remembers mostly because National Lampoons Vacation, and Billy Joel. I forgot she was even in SI swimsuit edition.

Kathy Ireland is #1 by leaps and bounds ahead of the competition, there's no contest, no question, no close second. Not only is Kathy a great supermodel but now she's taken her sexy self and made a 2 billion dollar business . Not bad .

Of course this is one guys opinion, u guys have urs too, and I'm sure some of you will bash me for sayin Kathy is #1 by far , but if u sit and think about it , her 25th anniversary issue is still till this day the highest selling issue ever. That's a major statement about the COVER GIRL. How many of u think that issue becomes the highest selling issue with some other model on the cover ? NO. Kathy was the hottest thing going . And EVERYONE wanted to see more of her. She is the only option for #1 .

Bash me all you want , but she is the most deserving of any of them.

Kathy Ireland #1 ALWAYS .

mirandak069
mirandak069


OMG you guys, I just read a wild book about celebrity fashion.

Two models sexually blackmail their way to the top in LA and they've got it made - they're living the super model high life - until the bad karma, in the shape of a psycho NFL star quarterback, catches up with them.

Then things get messy, real messy, in the week before Super Bowl.

Check out Model Citizens Riding For A Fall @ Amazon. This story has got Hollywood movie written all over it.

Jared87
Jared87

The fact that Ana Ivanovic isn't on the list is ridiculous.

DanGeorge2
DanGeorge2

The Show All button didn't work as well as I hoped.


KLee451
KLee451

I get the bias for current and more recent models but guys, there are not 38 SI models hotter than Stephanie Seymour. Millennials, do yourself a favor and search the Internet.

GregJackson
GregJackson

I'm confident that 5 or 10 years from now when another one of these rankings is released that Kate Upton won't be in the top 20.  I'm sure if I met  her in person I'd be overwhelmed by her, but compared to other swimsuit models, she is just not in their league.  She got started at 18 and had a remarkable chest for a woman that age, but as she has gotten older, she really doesn't have an SI model's body.  Again, this isn't to say that she isn't very pretty, and I'm sure she will eventually marry an athlete or somebody else very rich and that guy will have a permanent smile on his face, but she is not SI material.

amaslow
amaslow

How is Marissa Miller not one of the top 10…..actually top 5???

sdk444
sdk444

1. Christie

2. Kate

3. Kathy

4. Elle

5. Cheryl

(PS: If you need last names then you are not a true SI Swimsuit Model fan!)

LameDuck
LameDuck

B.S.  Christie Brinkley is the hottest woman to EVER LIVE!


(P.S.--I'm from the South,  so I don't care.  But the State of Michigan produces some FINE HONEYS!)

glenn16
glenn16

Ridiculous rankings...Tyra Banks at Number Four...a bone thrown to black readers. She shouldn't even be on the list.

Robert120
Robert120

Man's favorite is ode to the breast. Some girls have good ones, some girls have big ones and the ones we worship belong to these Sports Illustrated models. Personally, once your under the covers anything goes.

silky0517
silky0517

These ladies should not be in the top 10:

Paulina Porizkova  - Christie Brinkley  - Cheryl Tiegs - Kate Upton


These ladies could have easily been in the top 10, but apparently, they don't have strong enough agents:

Daniella Sarahyba - Daniela Pestova -  Julie Henderson -  Jessica White -  Veronica Varekova -  Kim Alexis Irina Shayk -  Marisa Miller

silky0517
silky0517

Kate Upton is way overrated.  She has nice chest, but the rest of her body is very average.  He has squared hips and a very flat backside.  

Jim66
Jim66

Sorry man, I've seen a lot of SI swimsuit issues, Kate Upton blows them all away, she is sooooo sweet!

chsmurphy
chsmurphy

In the "50 Greatest Swimsuit Models" Banner, who is the blonde model in the red bikini next to Tyra Banks and Kate Upton?

touringeng
touringeng

Alyssa Miller should have been on this list. She is unique.

TimBromund
TimBromund

It's really a toss up between Elle Macpherson and Kathy Ireland.  Those two will always be at the top.

pol6ca2
pol6ca2

Where did Marisa Miller fit in?

dorado
dorado

decker = vanilla

Action
Action

They will run this list again in 10 years and Kate Upton might land between 40 and 50, and that's only because she's been on the cover.

emtb11
emtb11

I like bikini-pleasure better.

JoeyBagadoughnutz
JoeyBagadoughnutz

decker is trailer, bar is trash and a criminal in her home country, upton is so overrated its funny, and ireland is the only one without national graphic silicone induced  mammarys

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

This is the ONLY SI issue that ESSENTIALLY sells on it's own. Enough said....

riley8
riley8

These are the breast of all time.

TRI.MY.LYFE
TRI.MY.LYFE

Bar Rafaeli or Yamila Diaz Rahi..... the list got weird at the end


slandrewpalms
slandrewpalms

1. Elle Macpherson is a great choice.  One of my all-time faves.

TGiovani
TGiovani

@GregJackson You're out of your mind. For me Kate is right there with the best SI has ever had on the cover. She's not the highest paid model in the world for no reason.

KLee451
KLee451

@GregJackson That beautiful face will keep her at the top of these lists for a long time.

TGiovani
TGiovani

@amaslow Marissa Miller looks borderline anorexic. That may work for the fashion world, but the straight guys who buy SI don't find the boney look attractive.

woodson26
woodson26

@amaslowAgreed 100%. Elle is the only one that should be ahead of her. I think it is a popularity contest.

KLee451
KLee451

@sdk444 Far be it from me to nitpick a fellow Boomer. Great list.

MHFCBlog
MHFCBlog

@glenn16  Spoken like a true inbred hillbilly.  Tyra Banks was amazing.

sdk444
sdk444

@silky0517I am sorry but your 4 are all top 10.  I agree Marissa Miller should be higher, but the others, sorry!  I respectfully disagree!

sdk444
sdk444

@ActionWrong! Wrong! Wrong!!!!  Once hot, always hot!!!