Meet the 5 Incredible Models Revolutionizing Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue

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The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has been America’s veritable bikini bible for more than half a century, featuring the crème de la crème of fashion models on its cover—Christie Brinkley, Elle Macpherson, Heidi Klum—and turning sports stars into sex symbols. In the past few decades, the title, whose casting has historically skewed thin and blonde, has made some strides towards diversity—Tyra Banks became the first black model to make the cover in 1996, and athletes like Serena Williams have increasingly taken pride-of-place within the pages—but only in the past few years has it become an unlikely industry leader when it …

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