15 Sexiest Sports Illustrated Rookies 1999-2013 [PHOTOS]

SI Rookies

The editors over at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue just announced that they would once again be unveiling the magazine’s cover model on The Late Show With David Letterman Monday, February 11th (CBS | 11:35 PM). This marks the sixth year in a row that the Swimsuit cover will be uncovered on the show and is fast becoming one of our favorite traditions.

And while we can speculate about some of the rumors going around (no, we don’t think Nina is going to be on the cover), we’d much rather review some of the rookies from years past.

Here are our personal favorites, going back 15 years. If anyone can get ahold of Melissa Baker, kindly ask her to come back to us. That girl was the bomb.

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    Yamila Diaz - 1999

    Yamila Diaz

    Rookie Year: 1999 | Country: Argentina | Appearances To Date: 9

    Three must be the magic number for this Argentine model. Only three years after she had been discovered by a Milan modeling agency, Yamila made the 1999 issue of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Three years later, she landed the cover in 2002. Since then, Yamila’s popularity has taken off with brands like Victoria’s Secret and CoverGirl.

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        Elsa Benitez - 2000

        Elsa Benitez

        Rookie Year: 2000 | Country: Mexico | Appearances To Date: 4 | Twitter: @ImElsaBenitez

        Elsa had appeared on the cover of all sorts of International magazines before she was offered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue gig in 2000. It didn’t take very long for her to be noticed, though, as the following year she was granted an appearance on the cover.

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            Fernanda Tavares 2001

            Fernanda Tavares

            Rookie Year: 2001 | Country: Brazil | Appearances To Date: 2 | Twitter: RealFeTavares

            You knew Fernanda was destined for SI greatness when she landed none other than Creepy Uncle Terry Richardson to photograph her. Unfortunately, she only appeared in the magazine once more in 2007.

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                Marisa Miller 2002

                Marisa Miller

                Rookie Year: 2002 | Country: USA | Appearances To Date: 8 | Twitter: @MarisaMiller

                Marisa first gained attention for posing in the first issue of Perfect 10 (1997). It took a little longer, though, before she really hit it big. It wasn’t until she met famed photographer Mario Testino while working at a surf camp (2001) that she found a place in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. From that point until 2008, Marisa posed for the magazine. Perhaps her most famous shot from that period features a photo of her wearing only an iPod.

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                    Jessica White 2003

                    Jessica White

                    Rookie Year: 2003 | Country: USA | Appearances To Date: 6 | Twitter: @IamJessWhite

                    Representing Buffalo, NY, Jessica got her first start with Sports Illustrated in 2003. With exception to 2006, Jessica was in every issue from then until 2011.

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                        Frankie Rayder 2004

                        Frankie Rayder

                        Rookie Year: 2004 | Country: USA | Appearances To Date: 2

                        Once named the Sexiest Woman in the World by both GQ and The New York Times, Frankie first appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2004, nearly 7 years after she got her start in runway modeling.

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                            Anne V 2005

                            Anne V

                            Rookie Year: 2005 | Country: Russia | Appearances To Date: 8 | Twitter: @AnneV

                            You might not be able to pronounce her full last name (Vyalitsyna), but you sure as heck would be able to pick her out of a crowd. Anne is perhaps most famous for her eight-consecutive-year run of Appearances To Date in the SI Swimsuit Issue. The release party of the 2010 issue was where she first met her husband Adam Levine. Luckily, they’ve split ways. Anne has yet to land the cover.

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                                Brooklyn Decker 2006

                                Brooklyn Decker

                                Rookie Year: 2006 | Country: USA | Appearances To Date: 7 | Twitter: @BrooklynDecker

                                If you saw our post on Brooklyn Decker Before She Was Famous, you’re probably aware that she wasn’t always a big star. Having said that, Brooklyn knew she had something special when she auditioned for the SI Swimsuit Edition only six months after moving to NYC. She landed the cover in 2010.

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                                    Bar Refaeli 2007

                                    Bar Refaeli

                                    Rookie Year: 2007 | Country: Israel | Appearances To Date: 5 | Twitter: @BarRefaeli

                                    Forget that Super Bowl commercial, Bar has been dropping the jaws of Sports Illustrated readers since 2007 when she became the first Israeli to pose for the magazine. Two years later, she landed the cover — a year before Brooklyn (who had been a rookie the year before Bar).

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                                        Melissa Baker 2008

                                        Melissa Baker

                                        Rookie Year: 2008 | Country: USA | Appearances To Date: 1

                                        It would seem that Melissa has sadly taken leave of the modeling world, but at least we’ll always have her photos from the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to look back on.

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                                            Cintia Dicker 2009

                                            Cintia Dicker

                                            Rookie Year: 2009 | Country: Brazil | Appearances To Date: 4 | Twitter: @DickerCintia

                                            Cintia Dicker just might be the hottest freckled red-head on the planet. And considering the world’s obsession with that kind of look, it’s amazing that it took Sports Illustrated so long to put her in their magazine. What’s important, though, is that they’ve kept her onboard ever since.

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                                                Chrissy Teigen 2010

                                                Chrissy Teigen

                                                Rookie Year: 2010 | Country: USA | Appearances To Date: 3 | Twitter: @ChrissyTeigen

                                                This Thai-Norwegian model got her start as an IGN Babe in 2004 but it wasn’t until her friend Brooklyn Decker introduced her to the editors at Sports Illustrated that she was cast in 2010. Subsequently, she won the official award of “Rookie of the Year.”

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                                                    Kate Upton 2011

                                                    Kate Upton

                                                    Rookie Year: 2011 | Country: USA | Appearances To Date: 2 | Twitter: @KateUpton

                                                    Anything that can be said about Kate Upton has undoubtably already been covered on this blog. All we need to say is that besides being the face of Guess in 2010-2011, Kate’s appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue was what rocketed her to such big heights.

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                                                        Nina Agdal

                                                        Rookie Year: 2012 | Country: Denmark | Appearances To Date: 1 | Twitter: @NinaAgdal

                                                        Nina’s stock is on the rise after making her first appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue last year. She’s since appeared in numerous publications and is rumored to be on the short-list for potential cover models for the 2013 issue of SI.

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                                                            Hannah Davis 2013

                                                            Hannah Davis

                                                            Rookie Year: 2013 | Country: USA | Appearances To Date: 0 | Twitter: @Hanni_Davis

                                                            Hannah Davis is taking the modeling world by storm after she was linked to Derek Jeter just months ago. Since then, Hannah got a gig as “Genie,” the DirectTV spokesmodel and is a shoe-in for “Rookie of the Year.”

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