Today should be one of the least productive days ever for the North American workforce, as Sports Illustrated releases the 2011 Swimsuit Edition in every conceivable media platform — including those bulky old-school magazines.
This year you can digitally thumb through the annual skinfest on your iPad or iPhone, Galaxy or Android devices. In addition, SI’s website and Facebook page include more than 100 hours of video and 1,300 additional images detailing every behind-the-scenes moment in the production of the swimsuit issue. That should keep you busy till spring.
As everyone who stayed up to watch Letterman knows by now, the cover of this year’s edition shows Russian supermodel Irina Shayk, modeling a swimsuit from Sauvage. This was the fifth appearance in the swimsuit edition for the green-eyed beauty.
The SI annual features plenty of other beauties who have appeared in past issues, as well as a “rookie class” that includes Alyssa Millar, Shannan Click, Izabel Goulart, Kate Upton and Kenza Fourati.
The cover was shot in Maui by Bjorn Iooss, who apparently captured the memorable image with the first shot on his first-ever Sports Illustrated shoot. Talk about beginnner’s luck.
Lots more to discover over at the Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit site, so dive in!