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Sports Illustrated Releases 2019 Swimsuit Issue Cover Models
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Each and every year, like clockwork, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hits the shelves just in time for summer. The magazine is as attention-getting as they come, understandably so, and the latest swimsuit edition features some powerful women as cover models.

For the second time ever, the SI Swimsuit Issue will have three different covers this year, featuring models Tyra Banks and Camille Kostek, and American soccer star Alex Morgan.

SI wanted confident, hard-working, and aspirational women to represent the brand. They hit a massive home run with these decisions.

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There are 34 women featured in this year’s magazine with photos from Great Exuma, Bahamas, and SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day wanted to make sure everyone knew that “beauty is synonymous with a lot more than just a pretty face.”

“The three women that make up the covers of the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue represent the brand in the most powerful way possible,” he said. “While each individual woman is so unique, they come together cohesively to tell a particular story.”

Tyra Banks

At 45 years old, Tyra Banks has certainly enjoyed a great career as a television personality, actress, author, model, and so much more. She made her SI Swimsuit Issue debut back in 1993 in the Florida Keys and has been an inspiration in the industry ever since.

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“Tyra Banks is the epitome of what we hope for all the women who are a part of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit,” editor MJ Day said. “What she has achieved so far in her career is extraordinary. She has parlayed a modeling career into phenomenal success that spans multiple industries and resonates with people on a global scale. She has refused to be singularly defined and is constantly working to inspire everyone within her reach.”

Camille Kostek

A former New England Patriots cheerleader and current girlfriend of the now-retired tight end Rob Gronkowski, this is the second cover for Kostek, a Connecticut native.

“A short year ago, Camille Kostek was a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model search hopeful, vying for a coveted rookie spot in the 2019 issue,” Day said. “Today, an image from the first shoot of her career graces the cover. Homegrown in every sense of the world, it’s been incredible to watch Camille come into her own in this space and use her influence to address some of the trappings that come with being a public personality. In a short amount of time, she has leveraged the power of her brand to inspire and educate others while at the same time pursuing her own dreams. She is a star on the rise.”

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Alex Morgan

A co-captain for the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT), the 29-year-old soccer star already has an Olympic gold medal and FIFA Women’s World Cup title to her name. This photo shoot and first time on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit is merely a great addition to the resume.

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“Although she is a team player in every sense of the word, Alex Morgan is so much more than just an elite athlete,” Day said. “From winning a World Cup, to fighting for fair and equal compensation for women, along with the rest of the US Women’s soccer team, she represents all that is confident, strong and beautiful.”

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With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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