The 50th Anniversary Edition Of The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue—released on February 18th–will feature Nina Agdal, Chrissy Teigen, Lily Aldridge… and their butts. The cover, shot by James Macari, shows the three women posing topless and looking back at the camera smiling in what Swim Daily calls “pure joy.”
The move to reveal the SI Swimsuit cover a short while before the “official” unveiling on tonight’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! might come as a surprise to you, but remember that Jimmy Kimmel Live! isn’t actually “live.” It’s recorded at 6:45 PST. So in order to beat all the audience members texting and tweeting, Swim Daily published the news simultaneously as it was being unveiled on JKL. Frankly it’s just a miracle that the thing didn’t leak beforehand as it has in years past.
But that’s just the beginning of the surprises. None of the three women knew that they were going to be on the cover. So when they were ambushed by SI Swimsuit Editor-in-Chief MJ Day with the news, their reactions were priceless.
Even better, SI Now caught the whole thing on video.
If you’d like to see what Chrissy Teigen’s face looks like when she’s just heard some of the best news of her life, head to Swim Daily to watch the full video there.
If you’d like to take a look at covers past, then go no further than our gallery below.