The annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue comes out each February. The magazine typically reaches subscribers and hits the shelves a few days before its mid-month cover date; the exact date varies each year. The Swimsuit Edition debuted in 1964 as a five-page supplement geared to increase readership during the winter months.
Sports Illustrated revealed this morning that Danielle Herrington is the cover model for its highly anticipated swimsuit edition this year.. Herrington, 24, is the third African-American model in the magazine's decades-long history to grace the cover of the annual swimsuit issue, following in the footsteps of Tyra Banks in 1997 and Beyonce in 2007.
The upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is moving its publication date, pushing it from the chill of February to warmer May, closer to bikini-weather. Editor of the issue MJ Day tells The Associated Press the shift makes more sense for greater impact. "This is where it works, this is where it's great," she said.
The Sports Illustrated 1994 Swimsuit Issue Video was released on video by Dakota North Entertainment. Since then, the annual video version of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has been called the Swimsuit Video. In 1995, Sports Illustrated began distributing television specials based on the issue, titled Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Special.