|Thanks, Lexus! And Brooklyn, Tyra, and Kate’s cleavage!|
I’ve hastily assembled my 50 favorite, so I can release my picks parallel to theirs.
I expect a pretty significant difference between the lists. First of all, I tend to get obsessed with some fairly unknown models after just one appearance. (Hello Kenza, Jeisa and Lucia!) Also, I suspect SI will stack the top of their list pretty heavily with current models, as a bit of a marketing move. It wouldn’t look very good if their current crop—your Kate Uptons, your Irina Shayks, your Alyssa Millers, your Nina Agdals—couldn’t crack the top 10.
And if you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably already know who my #1 is.
I guess my full disclosure is that the list reflects my personal tastes of the day, with factors like the model’s fame, or number of appearances, or importance in the industry, or legendary status, acting as factors in some undefinable way.
So let’s get to the fun, arbitrary rankings.
|50: Lucia Dvorska|
Fragile, dark Lucia. Why did we have you for just one fleeting February?
|49: Selita Ebanks|
|48: Laetitia Casta|
|47: Audrey Quock|
|46: Jeisa Chiminazzo|
|45: Anne V|
I love Anne's longevity. (She's been identified with some certainty as one of the models in the 2014 preview shots, which would mean she'll be in a record ten consecutive issues.) She's always struck me as a bit more "fashion model" than "cheesecake model," though I quite liked her 2013 shots.
|44: Rachel Hunter|
A pretty low ranking for a favorite, as pointed out in the comments section. I love Rachel, but she kind of struck me as a solid, reliable presence rather than a superstar. (Though this shot is probably one of my favorite photos in all of SI.)
|43: Isabeli Fontana|
|42: Daniella Sarahyba|
How could you deny Her Royal Smileness a spot?
|41: Ingrid Seynhaeve|