2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition
It has been an annual publishing institution in the magazine industry since 1964 — one that singlehandedly attached fashion legitimacy to the bikini, and still serves as an arbiter to supermodel succession.
But since you’re probably not here for a history or anthropology lesson, we’ll cut to the chase.
The 2012 Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition showcases eighteen of 2011′s best and brightest including favorites like Bar Refaeli, Cintia Dicker and Natalie Gulbis, along with fresh faces like Crystal Renn, Michelle Vawer and Nina Agdal.
And of course the cover is graced by current it-girl Kate Upton as shot in Sydney, Australia. Was there ever any doubt?