It’s been a while since we released our list of up-and-coming starlets in the making aka “Emerging Hotties“. In fact, you’d have to go all the way back to 2007, which is like the 1970s in internet years. Back then, we picked Blake Lively, Summer Glau, Adrianne Palicki, AnnaLynne McCord, Odette Yustman, and Emily Blunt as the sexy chicks to keep an eye on in 2008. Looks like we were pretty spot on. Now, we’re bringing Emerging Hotties back with a whole new crop of cuties who are destined to occupy headlines, news feeds, and “fantasy files” in 2012. These young ladies are ready for flashing lights, first class flights, and VIP nights.
Throughout all this Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue madness, we tend to lose sight of the newcomers, the rookies, the n00bz who are poised to become the next big things in swimsuit wearing. So, with everyone drooling over Irina and some of the other vets (and rightfully so), we decided to shine the spotlight on the 8 women competing for a spot in the 2012 issue in SI’s Model Search : Catrinel Menghia, Elena Baguci, Elisandra Tomacheski, Tamiris Souza Freitas, Kasia Gogolkiewicz, Jessica Perez, and Jasmine Tookes.