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The 15 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Models of the 80s and 90s Then and Now

by: Esteban On  Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Cover Models Then and Now

If you’re like me, then you were enamored (which is a nice way of saying obsessed) with the incredible women who graced the covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue when you were young. But did you ever wonder what became of the gorgeous sex symbols of your youth? Well, I did. So I looked them up. Turns out, most of them still look pretty damn amazing, though obviously there are a few exceptions.

Want to see for yourself? Then start clicking those little arrows, friends.

 

30. Rebecca Romijn — 1999 Issue

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The first of Rebecca Romijn’s two SI Swimsuit covers came in 1999, when she was at the height of her sexy lady powers.

 

29. Rebecca Romijn Today

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Here is Rebecca today, still looking pretty great. Of course, every time I see a picture of her I think of that episode of Family Guy in which they parody the film Stand By Me, and Richard Dreyfuss narrates:

“Actually, I’m not even joking about that. The fat kid from Stand By Me is now married to Rebecca Romijn. Can you believe that? I swear to God. Look it up on the internet. Doesn’t that piss you off?”

It’s funny ’cause it’s true.

 

28. Heidi Klum – 1998 Issue

28 Heidi Klum 1999 - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Models Then and Now

I don’t care what you say, nobody is going to convince me that Heidi Klum is not one of the most beautiful women to ever walk the earth.

 

27. Heidi Klum today

27 Heidi Klum 2013 - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Models Then and Now

Today Heidi is 40, and still looking pretty awesome.

 

26. Tyra Banks – 1996-97 Issues

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Tyra made the cover in 1996 with the next woman you’ll see. But in 1997 she was there all by herself.

 

25. Tyra Banks Today

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Banks has had her ups and downs over the last decade, but she’s still looking pretty fine at the age of 39 if you ask me.

 

24. Valeria Mazza – 1996 Issue

24 Valeria Mazza jeans model 1990s - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Models Then and Now

Valeria was the woman next to Tyra on the cover in 1996.

 

23. Valeria Mazza Today

23 Valeria Mazza 2010 - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Models Then and Now

These days I’d say Valeria has lost a bit of that smolder, but all in all she’s still doing well for herself.

 

22. Daniela Pestova – 1995 Issue

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Daniela’s cover in 1995 is my all-time favorite. What’s yours?

 

21. Daniela Pestova Today

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The former Victoria’s Secret Angel has apparently retired from modeling, though even at the age of 42 she could get work if she wanted it.

 

20. Rachel Hunter – 1994 Issue

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Rachel Hunter really got knocked down a peg in my estimation when she married a man who had bigger hair than she did.

 

19. Rachel Hunter Today

2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

This is Rachel at the 2013 Cochella Music Festival, looking a little rough. (Long weekend of rocking out, I guess.)

 

18. Vendela Kirsebom – 1993 Issue

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Vendela made every man want to vacation in Norway in 1993.

 

17. Vendela Kirsebom Today

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Today Ms. Kirsebom is looking pretty excellent at the age of 46.

 

16. Ashley Richardson – 1991 Issue

Forget a photo. How about a video of the lovely Ashley Richardson?

 

15. Ashley Richardson Today

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Okay, fine. This is not really Ashley Richardson today. But she could very well look like Honey Boo Boo’s mom. You see, Richardson pretty much dropped completely out of sight after her final appearance in the SI Swimsuit Issue in 1995. So what she looks like today is anyone’s guess.

 

14. Judit Masco – 1990 Issue

14 judit masco 1990 - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Models Then and Now

Judit Masco was a total smokescreen. I don’t know how she wasn’t more of a household name back in the early 90s.

 

13. Judit Masco Today

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Today, even at the ripe “old” age of 43, this Catalonian beauty still looks incredible.

 

12. Kathy Ireland – 1989, 1992, and 1994 Issues

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Kathy Ireland made two solo appearances on the cover of the SISI and one with two other swimsuit superstars.

 

11. Kathy Ireland Today

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Today you may say Kathy is looking a little older, but of course she is 50 and has spent the last decade building a $300 billion company. Let’s see you do that and still look this good.

 

10. Elle Macpherson – 1986-88 and 1994 Issues

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Elle Macpherson is the all-time SISI cover champion, having been on it a record five times.

 

9. Elle Macpherson Today

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These days, considering she just turned 49, I’d say Elle is looking pretty great—though it does look to me that she’s had a bit of work done.

 

8. Paulina Porizkova – 1984-85 Issues

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Paulina Porizkova didn’t just make two consecutive SISI covers in the 1980s. She was also features in the pages of Playboy.

Go ahead and google it. Don’t worry, I’ll wait right here.

 

7. Paulina Porizkova Today

7 Paulina Porizkova (april 2012) - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Models Then and Now

In 2013, despite being 48 years old, Paulina still looks ridiculous. I don’t know if she has the best plastic surgeon in the world, or if she made some sort of pact with the devil or what. But wow.

 

6. Cheryl Tiegs – 1983 Issue

6 Cheryl Tiegs 1980s poster - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Models Then and Now

Cheryl Tiegs was in her prime in the 60s and 70s, but she made one last appearance on the cover of the SISI in 1983.

 

5. Cheryl Tiegs Today

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Today, Cheryl (65) looks like a slightly older Marg Helgenberger (54)

 

4. Carol Alt – 1982 Issue

4 Carol Alt 1980s - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Models Then and Now

It’s a crime that Carol Alt only made the cover one time. However, she was bookended by Elle Macpherson’s reign and that of the final woman on this list.

 

3. Carol Alt Today

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In any case, today, at the age of 52, I’d say Alt is looking pretty okay. Wouldn’t you?

 

2. Christie Brinkley – 1980-81 Issues

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Christie Brinkley made three straight covers from 1979-81.

 

1. Christie Brinkley Today

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Today she looks pretty amazing for someone who’s about to get their AARP card in the mail. The woman is 59.




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