Men everywhere were disappointed to learn the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2014 cover featured plastic breasts attached to an actual plastic woman: Barbie!
Fortunately, it was just a publicity stunt to promote the Target exclusive swimsuit edition Barbie doll, which will be featured on a “cover wrap” for 1,000 issues available at the New York Toy Fair this Sunday.
The real cover will have real women (plural). Jimmy Kimmel unveiled a trio of models on a jumbo screen outside of the studio in a red carpet event complete with stage lights. All three models: Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen will appear on the show Monday night (fully clothed). This is not the first time three models have graced the cover as claimed by Kimmel. That distinction goes to Elle MacPherson, Hachel Hunterx and Kathy Ireland in 1994 the magazine tweeted.
But the 2014 models definitely stand out for another reason. The topless models showed off their bikini bottoms along with a friendly game of grab ass. The girls got along so well they shared center stage for their photo shoot on Cook island in New Zealand.
“We had been on the island for a few days by that point and had had so much fun together. That day we went to a smaller island where the light was beautiful, and we each took turns posing in the middle,” Aldridge told SI Swim Daily.
While model Emily Ratajkowski didn’t appear on the cover as rumored, the SI Swimsuit rookie will appear in the magazine but with significantly more clothes than she had in Robin Thicke’s “Burred Lines” music video.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2014 50th Anniversary edition hits stands Feb. 18.