SI Finally Makes Right Call On Swimsuit-less Cover

The SPORTS ILLUSTRATED swimsuit issue no longer compels us to sprint to the newsstand or rearrange our web surfing habits. But we were pleasantly surprised when we discovered that SI finally caught on and made the right call with its swimsuit-less cover girl.

Marisa Miller

For us, Marisa Miller will go down in history as the greatest non-celeb SI swimsuit-less model in history (that includes Elle). With seemingly all non-porn men’s magazines going with non-stop celebrity covers (enough Eva already!), SI’s call was a refreshing change.

Miller’s naturally curvy, athletic frame is the future of men’s mags modeling. The rail-thin, grapefuit-implanted models are slowly going away. Thank god.

Speaking of celeb covers, Beyonce Knowles was sizzling in Austin Powers “Goldmember”, but the call to put her on the 2007 SI swimsuit issue cover wasn’t the best one.

Beyonce Knowles

She would’ve been a wonderful choice around 2000, but not now. That said, she’s still sexy, but not swimsuit-on-the-beach hot. We love women of color, but there’s about 100 gorgeous black women (if that was a prerequisite for SI) we would’ve chosen over her at that time to claim the honor.

La La Vazquez

While on the subject of hot African-American women, we loved the photo spread SI had of Carmelo Anthony’s significant other, La La Vazquez.

Crystal SbB Girl

(SbB Girl Crystal)

And speaking of beautiful women, we have a shoot with a never-before-seen SbB Girl next week. And many more new, unseen photo sets of the SbB Girls to be posted soon. And we’re going to be making many new adds and upgrades to the SbB Girls pages in future months. This is only the beginning.

UPDATE: DEADSPIN has photos that have leaked out that we’re guessing are going to make Terry McDonnell very unhappy.