Kate Bock at Blackberry Farm – Janine Berey / SI.com
Tonight, on an all-new episode of SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015, cover model Hannah Davis and the rest of the crew head east on the final leg of their “Made in the USA” shoot. Starting off in the Great Smoky Mountains, the models take over Blackberry Farm, a luxury hotel and resort in Tennessee. After swinging from trees and posing with pigs, they head to Caneel Bay on St. John in the US Virgin Islands, where the rain settles in, making it quite difficult to get the perfect shot — especially for the models in body paint. After the clouds part and the sun makes a brief appearance, rookie model Hailey Clauson gets in the last photo shoot of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, finally bringing the long but beautiful 7-month journey to a close.
Check out the video below for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes preview of tonight’s season finale, “Beauty and the East.”
If you’re like us and bundled up on a snow day instead of basking in the sun, tune in to Beach Week tonight at 8|7c for some prime escapism starting with 20 more of the world’s best 101 Sand n’ Surf Hot Spots, followed by SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015, which heads to the West Coast. But first, we asked the lovely ladies of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue: If you were a beach, which beach would you be? Find out what Hailey Clauson, Sara Sampaio, cover girl Hannah Davis and more had to say:
And if you find yourself wondering the same question, take our beach assessment quiz to determine your true beach type — whether you prefer adventure to partying or would rather go off the beaten path — and which coast you should head to next.
Travel Channel films with Nina Agdal in Islamorada, FL
We know that a majority of the country is bundled up, trying to stay warm and dreaming about their next trip to the beach or some island paradise. Since we can’t physically take you far and away, join Travel Channel tonight through Wednesday for an on-screen tour of some of the hottest and sexiest beaches in the world during our annual Beach Week!
Travel Channel’s Beach Week officially kicks off tonight, at 7|6c and 8|7c, with the all-new 101 Sand n’ Surf Hotspots. From Matira Beach in Bora Bora to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, we’re counting down to the No. 1 beach in the world! READ MORE
Caroline Wozniacki – Captiva Island – Photo Credit: Walter looss Jr / Sports Illustrated
In tandem with the release of the Sports Illustrated 2015 Swimsuit Edition, Travel Channel and Sports Illustrated teamed up to give viewers the ultimate behind-the-scenes look into what goes in to making the annual fan favorite. From the world’s sexiest swimsuit models to America’s most ideal locales, SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015kicks off with back-to-back premieres Sunday, starting at 9|8c,and continues with 1-hour specials every night at 9|8c through Wednesday.
As in recent years, there’s a special surprise for all you sports fans out there. This year’s issue features 2 of the fiercest, most competitive female athletes in the world, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey and professional tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. Join them on Captiva Island in Florida as they strip down to their bikinis and show off their athletic frames, proving that sports stars can be just as sexy as swimsuit models.
Each year, devoted fans of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition wait in anticipation of who will grace the magazine’s cover. Will it be Kate Upton again, or someone else? For us, the excitement goes far beyond the question of who will grace the cover. For 2013, the magazine took its production to 7 continents — and 17 wonders of the world — crisscrossing the globe from Easter Island to Africa. This year’s edition also included the first fashion shoot to take place on the ice-covered terrain of Antarctica. And Travel Channel has the pleasure of airing the 1-hour special Sports Illustrated®: The Making of Swimsuit ’13 – 7 Continents, 17 Wonders, on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 8|7c.
You walked past the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue on the newsstand, you saw the models basking in the sun, but when you picked it up, you were reading it for the beaches, right? Well, if you’re wondering where those gorgeous destinations are (and you’re mentally packing your bikini and sunscreen for your next vacay), you’re in luck.
We take you to all 9 locations featured in the mag, from Anguilla to Laguna Beach to Singapore. Click through our Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Destinations slideshow for views of the beautiful beaches and deluxe resorts where the models stayed to get inspired. Afterward, you can go from daydreaming to actually booking your trip. Enjoy!
So, which one do you want to visit? Leave your favorite locale in the comments.
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