The people behind the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue are an extremely secretive bunch in regards to their magazine. Even when they tease photos on Instagram, they make sure to crop out the models’ faces. Understandably so — the Swimsuit Issue might be the most anticipated special edition publication of the year. It’s not until the night before the magazine’s release that unveil the cover model on the Late Show With David Letterman. (photos via Facebook)
But all the secrecy hasn’t stopped thousands of people from speculating who’s going to land the cover. If anything, it’s only fueled it. This is called basic marketing.
We’ve narrowed down the possibilities of who could be the lucky lady to a short list of 10 models. With one exception (Xenia Deli), each of the women you see below have been unofficially confirmed as being in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. That’s a nice little bonus for all of you considering that no one’s ever revealed this information before.
Make sure to let us know who your money’s on in the poll at the bottom.
Hometown: Hillerød, Denmark | Age: 20 | Rookie Year: 2012
Why: Nina’s rookie year was only in 2012, and she’s only gotten more popular since then. She’s also already the subject of a teaser photo that came out this week.
Hometown: US Virgin Island, USA | Age: 22 | Rookie Year: 2013
Why: She may be a rookie, but reliable sources say that she’s already in contention. Also, her boyfriend Derek Jeter would be very upset.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA | Age: 22 | Rookie Year: 2011
Why: Alyssa has been one of SI’s favorite models in the past few years. Anyone who saw her wearing just bodypaint for the 2012 issue would probably tell you that she deserves the cover.
Hometown: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia | Age: 25 | Rookie Year: 2005
Why: When is it going to be her year?
Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa | Age: 27 | Rookie Year: 2010
Why: We’re calling it, 2013 is going to be the year that “super skinny” isn’t in. Genevieve has got it where it counts.
Hometown: São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil | Age: 28 | Rookie Year: 2011
Why: She’s a class act who’s been a fan favorite for a few years now.
Hometown: Basarabeasca, Moldova | Age: 23 | Rookie Year: ???
Why: OK, so we’re not exactly positive that Xenia’s even going to be in this year’s issue but… considering how quickly her stock is rising, it’s a safe bet.
Hometown: Campo Bom, Brazil | Age: 26 | Rookie Year: 2009
Why? Because she’s one of those women you just can’t take your eyes off of. See her Wildfox shoot for proof.
Hometown: South Africa | Age: 25 | Rookie Year: 2013
Why? Because she’s the rookie that we’re most excited to see more of.
Hometown: St. Joseph, Michigan | Age: 20 | Rookie Year: 2011
Why? Because her name is Kate Upton and she’s been on the cover for the past two years.