Tuesday, April 30, 2013


According to the New York Post, via Swim Daily, Christie Brinkley is going to don a swimsuit for the cover of something called “Social Life.”

I thought it would be an interesting time to toss up these photos of Christie, especially in light of my recent post about multiple photos of the same girl. Somehow, the white, strappy bikini from Christie’s 1980 cover:
…can be seen in a whole bunch of other shots. I found most of these on the same site, and I can’t remember where it was. Some of them are stand-alone outtakes, and a few of them are covers of other, non-SI magazines.

Enjoy the classic loveliness of Christie!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Stacey Williams: The Lost Episodes

The Tumblr blog Pictures of Stacey Williams recently tossed up a few making-of SI videos, including this one from 1994, which I’m not sure I ever saw before.

There are a lot of suits in this video that never made it to the issue. Including some beautiful One-Piece Wednesday candidates.
It’s so tantalizing and frustrating to know that there’s a stockpile of Stacey photos out there. I really hope there’s a massive Stacey Williams retrospective on Swim Daily someday, with a bunch of never-before-released pics.

Now, there are dozens and dozens of photos of every model. But back in the day, we were limited to the handful of photos in the physical magazine, then a few extra in the following year’s calendar.
And even the magazine was slimmer back then. Before 1997, the swimsuit issue was just a regular issue of Sports Illustrated, with sports stories and everything, that had a swimsuit section in the middle.

There are good and bad aspects of this glut of photos. On the downside, I think it contributes to my feeling that truly iconic shots are a thing of the past. One beautiful photo of Natasha Barnard emerging from the ocean might have stuck in the hearts of men a couple decades ago.
But now there are 30 other shots of her, plus a selection of videos, and even photos of her posing with photos of her posing.
Where do you find the unique fantasy shot now?

On the plus side, there is a distinct possibility of encountering new pics of Stacey, 20 years later.
And how could that be bad?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

One-Piece Wednesday: Ingrid Seynhaeve, 1995

I don’t agree with Andy Gray down at Swim Daily that this photo is too laugh-out-loud hilarious to be sexy. Ingrid, as usual, is quite lovely.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Balcony Scene

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Julie is the sun. 
—Romeo and Julie Henderson

Happy birthday, William Shakespeare

Friday, April 19, 2013

That's the Way the Rookie Crumbles 2013

It’s high time for the annual retrospective on rookie survival.

2012 brought us six new girls, only three of whom reappeared in 2013. We were treated to more Adaora, Jessica Perez, and Nina Agdal. But sadly, we lost Crystal Renn, Kirby Griffin, and Michelle Vawer.
This means, of course, that by winning a model search contest, and then not subsequently remaining a one-hit wonder, Jessica has broken the Swimsuit Contest Curse.

My biggest disappointment is losing Michelle Vawer. I thought she was pretty stunning.
Meanwhile, of the three rookies who survived from 2011 to 2012, we still have two. Kate Upton (of course):
…and Alyssa Miller.
This picture destroys me.
Meaning that after two issues, we say goodbye to Izabel Goulart.
Happy trails, Izabel!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

One-Piece Wednesday: Brooklyn Decker, 2008

In Swim Daily's Brooklyn Birthday Retrospective a few days ago, they featured this cute shot that I'm not sure I'd seen before.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sorry for the Lack of Posts Lately

...but Stacey Williams' birthday is always good for an update.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Nice Little Write-Up on Cracked.com

The Series of Pictures that Prove Heidi Klum Is a Superhero.
(This isn't one of them.)
The article is in light of her recent family adventure in Hawaii.

Well played, Heidi.