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By Pat Morgan and Pat Morgan,Knight-Ridder Newspapers | June 19, 1991
The serious swimmer the one who snarls as you splash around and interrupt her lap count buys a serious swimsuit. No string bikinis or thongs for her. No fancy decoration or bustier tops. She wants comfort and practicality, a suit that won't interfere with her stroke and will help cut an extra 1/8 -second off her best time. The Speedo racer-back, thank you.This story isn't for her.This is for those of us engaged in more leisurely pursuits.Maybe attending a poolside cocktail party or watching the sun set from the deck of a sailboat.
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Susan Reimer | February 16, 2014
In a publicity stunt that is sure to irritate 13-year-old boys and feminist scholars, Sports Illustrated and toy-maker Mattel have teamed up for the magazine's 50th anniversary swimsuit issue. Wearing an updated version of the black and white swimsuit she wore when she was introduced in 1959, Barbie appears on a giant billboard mock-up of the magazine cover and in a 4-page photo spread inside the magazine. The doll will also appear on a special edition wrap-cover of about 1,000 issues, and the only ones happy about this will be the 1,000 mothers and wives who won't have to look at three unearthly beautiful topless models who will appear on the actual front of the magazine when it hits newsstands Tuesday.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | February 22, 1995
Sports IllustratedTime & Life BuildingRockefeller CenterNew York, N.Y. 10020Dear Sir:I am writing with regard to your so-called annual "swimsuit" issue (Feb. 20). Like many good Americans, I find it appalling, in bad taste and also drooled on by my mail carrier and possibly others.Therefore, I must ask you, with some regret, to cancel my subscription.Unfortunately, you're not the first magazine I've had to cancel on account of unnecessary pulchritude. I've also canceled Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The Utne Reader and Family Circle (which, in its annual knitting issue, had Kathie Lee Gifford making a see-through pot holder)
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By L'Oreal Thompson and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
You may not recognize Debbie Kowalski Wilson's name, but if you've opened a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in the past six years, chances are you've seen her work. Wilson, who is from Edgewood and now lives in Hawaii, has had her Maui Girl swimsuits featured in the popular edition of the magazine 48 times - and more than 200 times in the online version. This year, Wilson's swimsuits were featured 14 times, including a centerfold with cover model Kate Upton in Antarctica. And with Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer here on the mainland, quickly approaching, Wilson is preparing for a busy season.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | February 22, 1993
The annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is out, and I don't want to hear any complaints.You say, it objectifies women.I say, what's your point?Of course, it objectifies women. Of course, it has nothing whatever to do with sports. Of course, it has spawned a batch of imitators -- Inside Sports swimsuit issue, Sport swimsuit issue, Guns & Ammo swimsuit issue (in which women dressed in bikini fatigues fire off rounds on an AK-47), Mother Jones swimsuit issue.But it's all a joke. Don't you get it?
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Sun Staff | April 13, 2003
That great harbinger of summer, the swimsuit issue, has arrived at last. No! No! Not Sports Illustrated. The L.L. Bean Swimwear Guide, which we visited this year on the Internet (at www.llbean.com). Sculptured bodies with generous displays of flesh do not appear in the Bean bag. No teen-aged boys are going to grab the catalog before you get a chance to review it. The models are relentlessly wholesome. They look like moms, or big sisters. Swimsuit choices are sensible, not sensual. Bean offers no bikinis, let alone a thong -- unthinkable in Freeport, Maine.
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By Robin Givhan and Robin Givhan,Knight-Ridder Newspapers | March 13, 1991
Lately, we have gotten crankier about seeing advertisements that promise slimness and beauty with neither sweat nor effort. Sorry, we don't buy any of it. In fact, we're sick of all those promises. One of our loyal trend watchers says all of those suspicious promises are the result of a social disease. We all want instant gratification without having to pay the consequences.So when the press kit from Slimsuit appeared on our desk, we simply were pushed over the edge. Slimsuit, designed by Carol Wior, is a swimsuit that guarantees it will "remove" through compression and redistribution an inch or more from the waist and stomach of the average or full-figured woman.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | February 10, 2005
IT'S GOOD TO be Sports Illustrated publisher David Morris. The guy runs the world's most respected sports magazine and, on his very good days, gets his picture taken at A-List parties with some of the most beautiful women on the planet. That's exactly how I envisioned a career in sports journalism when I was in college, but I guess I didn't study hard enough. Because while Morris was standing arm-in-arm with the two finalists from the 2005 SI Swimsuit Search on Saturday night, I was standing outside the ropes trying to figure out just went wrong with my career.
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By Liz Rittersporn and Liz Rittersporn,New York Daily News | December 4, 1991
NEW YORK -- When it was rare for fashion designers to make news beyond the fashion pages, a California designer named Rudi Gernreich created a shock heard 'round the world.The Soviet Union thought it presaged the end of morality in the United States. Clerics were up in arms. It was outlawed in Holland, Denmark and Greece. The pope banned it.It was a topless bathing suit, and the year was 1964.It was a modest garment compared with Rudi's 1981 pubikini, which bared a whole lot more and failed to make even one headline.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | July 31, 2005
McDonald's is offering Neopets - cute, cuddly animals - with its Happy Meals this month. Burger King is offering action figures from the hit film Fantastic Four. And Hardee's, not to be outdone, is offering a woman. Four of them, in fact. The perennial also-ran of American fast food is plastering color photos of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models on its large drinks. Four different models are featured ("Collect them all!" Hardee's urges), posing in bikinis on sunny beaches. The cups went on sale two weeks ago. Swimsuit models and fast food don't seem to go together - if the women ate much of it, they'd lose their jobs - but Hardee's is counting on the babes to lure young men into its restaurants.
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By Rachael Pacella, Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2012
Women planning to visit the beach in late August will have the opportunity to make their vacation like no other by participating in what Ocean City hopes will be the world's largest bikini parade. The bikini parade is the highlight of a planned Uptown Beach Bash, an event made to boost activity uptown in late August, drawing attention to an under utilized area during a slow part of the summer season. To break the Guinness World Record, set back in March by Panama City Beach, Fla., more than 450 women will need to participate in the parade, said Brad Hoffman of Spark Productions, the company organizing the event.
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By Lisa Dillman and Lisa Dillman,Tribune Newspapers | July 27, 2009
ROME - -This all started with an equipment malfunction in the morning relay and ended with the favored French sprinters wilting again, giving Michael Phelps and friends another riveting victory in the 400-meter freestyle relay. In between, there were world records tumbling on Day 1. Six fell Sunday night, including Ian Thorpe's 400-meter freestyle, as well as the oldest women's mark on the books, the 100 butterfly. "All the athletes in the back are saying it's crazy. Unfortunately, you have to wear these suits to keep up with everyone, but it'll be great when they go back and you'll really see who the swimmers are," said Dara Torres, who was on the U.S. women's 400 freestyle relay, which took fourth.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | July 7, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Phelps could sense the question coming long before it was asked. After all, new, high-tech swimsuits and their legality in competition have been the talk of the swimming world since the Beijing Olympics. They're the main topic of conversation for the 800 swimmers at the U.S. nationals, which begin today at the Indiana University Natatorium. World records are falling, and FINA, the sport's governing body, has said that virtually every suit on the market will be legal, at least until 2010, when officials plan to reassess suit standards.
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By MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN and MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN,michelle.deal@baltsun.com | February 22, 2009
The ever-popular Sports Illustrated swimsuit (or should I say teeny bikini) edition is on newsstands now. It's one of the top-selling magazines, so what business wouldn't want a little of that success to rub off on it? That may explain why Southwest Airlines decided earlier this month to paint the fuselage of one of its 737 jets with a bikini-clad image of this year's cover model, Bar Refaeli . The airline dubbed the plane SI One and said Southwest would play host to the model by flying her to promotional gigs around the country.
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By Candus Thomson and Kevin Van Valkenburg and Candus Thomson and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun reporters | April 4, 2008
COLUMBUS, OHIO -- With most of the nation's best swimmers scheduled to compete at the Toyota Grand Prix here this weekend, record-breaking performances might take a back seat to the swimsuit competition. The Speedo LZR Racer, a $550 seamless, water-resistant swimsuit, has dominated pre-Olympic meets, and its use has been praised - and questioned - because of its cutting-edge technology and high price tag. Since the suit's debut in February, 18 long-course world records have fallen, 17 of them to LZR-clad athletes.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,Sun Reporter | May 27, 2007
FOR DECADES, THE BIKINI has been the one-piece bathing suit's prettier, sexier and more-popular younger sister. But lately, the tried-and-true one-piece has gotten a bit of a makeover -- shedding a few inches in some key areas, adding some key accessories and ramping up its sex appeal. Strategically placed cut-outs, hardware and daring shapes and colors all have made the new and improved one-piece hipper and more desirable, sparking a noticeable resurgence in the swimwear staple. "The one-piece swimsuit has been an iconic fashion statement for decades," says Michael Fink, vice president of women's fashion for Saks Fifth Avenue, adding that the company is "seeing an increase in the demand for one-piece swimsuits."
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | April 20, 2001
Forget demanding equal pay, breaking the glass ceiling and all those other important women's rights battles still being fought. Ladies, next week we must brace ourselves to protest a blatant miscarriage of justice, a mockery of equality and a glaring disregard for the struggle to give women the same rights as men. Yes, we're talking about the first all-male Sports Illustrated for Women swimsuit issue that hits newsstands on Thursday. It features only 10 pages of such sports stars as Baltimore Oriole Brady Anderson and New York Giant Jason Sehorn in loose-fitting swimshorts -- with nary a Speedo in sight.
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By ELLEN GOODMAN | January 8, 1993
Boston -- I have long regarded every trip past the checkou counter as the supermarket's version of a journey through the valley of death. It's a narrow and dangerous passage with candy bars to the left of you, tabloids to the right.I am caught in a cross-fire, trapped between junk food for the stomach and junk food for the mind. Mars Bars volley against extraterrestrial visitors. Sugar and fat thunder against sex and celebrities.But lately, the fare on one side of the aisle has changed substantially.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun | February 11, 2007
Before her senior year, Katie Kopajtic decided this was going to be her final season of competitive swimming. She also decided she was going to stay involved in drama. It explains why she has pushed herself so hard this winter. The North Harford senior is one of the county's top swimmers. She also has an ensemble role in the school's coming production of South Pacific. So her day goes something like this: She usually attends rehearsals from 2:30 to 3:30 before heading to swimming until 4:30.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | July 31, 2005
McDonald's is offering Neopets - cute, cuddly animals - with its Happy Meals this month. Burger King is offering action figures from the hit film Fantastic Four. And Hardee's, not to be outdone, is offering a woman. Four of them, in fact. The perennial also-ran of American fast food is plastering color photos of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models on its large drinks. Four different models are featured ("Collect them all!" Hardee's urges), posing in bikinis on sunny beaches. The cups went on sale two weeks ago. Swimsuit models and fast food don't seem to go together - if the women ate much of it, they'd lose their jobs - but Hardee's is counting on the babes to lure young men into its restaurants.
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