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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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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 Newsday | February 18, 1993
Calvin Klein may be having his models take more and more off in his jeans advertisements, but Sports Illustrated senior editor Jule Campbell seems to be putting more back on hers.The magazine's 1993 February swimsuit issue hit newsstands yesterday, and the consensus is that Ms. Campbell has put together a tamer edition than in past years of hot beach attire for women."If anything, I get pressure from my editors to go with the flow and the flow is for more skin not less these days," Ms. Campbell said.
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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 Richard Huff and Richard Huff,New York Daily News | February 13, 1995
She's a supermodel, not a TV programmer, but that doesn't mean that Vendela doesn't have a strong opinion about NBC's decision to air the "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Special: Class of '95," tomorrow -- Valentine's Day."They're [the viewers] all going to be out on dates," the model-turned- TV host recently said. But, she added, conceding her lack of expertise in the matter, "They [TV executives] tell me this is a really great night, so I have to believe them."Vendela, who is from Sweden, is host of the hourlong special, which will run at 10 o'clock on the night of the day in question.
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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 Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,SUN STAFF | February 19, 1999
The annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue currently on newsstands is 204 pages thick, has all the heft of a fireplace log and features supermodel Rebecca Romijn-Stamos on the cover in an $800 swimsuit that seems to consist of two pieces of chain-mail the size of gauze pads.Inside is the usual collection of leggy young women in impossibly tiny bikinis splayed languorously on tropical beaches as the warm surf laps at their feet and the first rays of the sun peek over the lush green foliage, blah, blah, blah.
NEWS
By Joseph Steuer | June 30, 1994
IT HAS become one of this country's most popular sporting events: Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue. This year's cover featured three sexy white models in skimpy bikinis and a headline that read: "The Dream Team."When Roshumba, the striking 5-foot-10 black model saw it, she had one question: "Whose dream?""Knowing that the swimsuit issue has been put out for the last 30 years," says Roshumba, who is in the issue, "it appalls me that they have not been able to find a black woman beautiful enough to put on the cover."
SPORTS
By MILTON KENT | February 18, 1999
Well, we're more than halfway through February and what a washout of a month it has been.There have been, to date, no crippling ice or snowstorms to challenge the heartiest of souls. The NBA has returned from hibernation and offenses around the league still seem to be asleep, and the biggest event of the television sweeps so far is tonight's departure of George Clooney from "ER."Yawn.But thank goodness for the annual insanity that is the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which hit newsstands and mailboxes last week, and the reflexive fallout from supposedly concerned parents who fear the parade of half-naked women in bikinis will destroy the nation's moral center.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | September 16, 1995
Wasn't it election day already this week? Sure, but viewers can vote again tonight on a matter of public exposure at the "Miss America Pageant" on NBC. The peacock network also offers a pair of previews of new Sunday sitcoms.* "Great Railway Journeys II: Derry to Kerry" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Host Michael Palin, former "Monty Python" trouper, proved to be TV's most amiable travel companion in his previous shows, "Around the World in 80 Days" and "Pole to Pole." Here he takes a train trip around Ireland, in search of his family roots.
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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 Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,SUN STAFF | February 19, 1999
The annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue currently on newsstands is 204 pages thick, has all the heft of a fireplace log and features supermodel Rebecca Romijn-Stamos on the cover in an $800 swimsuit that seems to consist of two pieces of chain-mail the size of gauze pads.Inside is the usual collection of leggy young women in impossibly tiny bikinis splayed languorously on tropical beaches as the warm surf laps at their feet and the first rays of the sun peek over the lush green foliage, blah, blah, blah.
SPORTS
By MILTON KENT | February 18, 1999
Well, we're more than halfway through February and what a washout of a month it has been.There have been, to date, no crippling ice or snowstorms to challenge the heartiest of souls. The NBA has returned from hibernation and offenses around the league still seem to be asleep, and the biggest event of the television sweeps so far is tonight's departure of George Clooney from "ER."Yawn.But thank goodness for the annual insanity that is the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, which hit newsstands and mailboxes last week, and the reflexive fallout from supposedly concerned parents who fear the parade of half-naked women in bikinis will destroy the nation's moral center.
FEATURES
By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | September 16, 1995
Wasn't it election day already this week? Sure, but viewers can vote again tonight on a matter of public exposure at the "Miss America Pageant" on NBC. The peacock network also offers a pair of previews of new Sunday sitcoms.* "Great Railway Journeys II: Derry to Kerry" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Host Michael Palin, former "Monty Python" trouper, proved to be TV's most amiable travel companion in his previous shows, "Around the World in 80 Days" and "Pole to Pole." Here he takes a train trip around Ireland, in search of his family roots.
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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 Richard Huff and Richard Huff,New York Daily News | February 13, 1995
She's a supermodel, not a TV programmer, but that doesn't mean that Vendela doesn't have a strong opinion about NBC's decision to air the "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Special: Class of '95," tomorrow -- Valentine's Day."They're [the viewers] all going to be out on dates," the model-turned- TV host recently said. But, she added, conceding her lack of expertise in the matter, "They [TV executives] tell me this is a really great night, so I have to believe them."Vendela, who is from Sweden, is host of the hourlong special, which will run at 10 o'clock on the night of the day in question.
FEATURES
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 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?
NEWS
By Joseph Steuer | June 30, 1994
IT HAS become one of this country's most popular sporting events: Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue. This year's cover featured three sexy white models in skimpy bikinis and a headline that read: "The Dream Team."When Roshumba, the striking 5-foot-10 black model saw it, she had one question: "Whose dream?""Knowing that the swimsuit issue has been put out for the last 30 years," says Roshumba, who is in the issue, "it appalls me that they have not been able to find a black woman beautiful enough to put on the cover."
FEATURES
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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