It’s time to face facts. Summer is on its way out and while we’re sad to see it go, it’s the prime time to bask in the rays of some Hottest And Sexiest Swimsuit Models of All Time.
We’re talking 70s trailblazers, 80s legends, 90s supermodels and the new wave of bathing beauties. These icons of the surf and sand sizzled in everything from revealing bikinis to surprisingly seductive one-pieces, providing plenty of inspiration along the way regarding how to style swimwear.
So without further ado, let’s dive right in and check out the swimsuit models who made the biggest splash.
She wasn’t called “The Body” for nothing. Elle graced the cover of the infamous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue an impressive five times, securing her icon status.
Kathy used to be everywhere in the 80s and 90s. The California native racked up a total of 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues in her heydey.
Even if you didn’t subscribe to Sports Illustrated, you knew about this now legendary shot. Tyra was the first African-American model to be featured on the cover, earning that honour not once, but twice in the mid-90s.
Kate burst onto the scene only a few years ago, but the model managed to turn a few heads in her short career by appearing in memorable swimwear, both in print and on the runway. Sports Illustrated even sent Kate to bikini-friendly Antarctica for a rather chilling 2013 cover.
The heir apparent in the late 90s and 2000s to Elle’s “The Body” title. Heidi modelled quite a few swimsuits in the pages of Sports Illustrated during her reign.
Now trying to make her mark as an actress, Brooklyn became a household name after posing in a teeny-weeny yellow bikini for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. The fact that her top was off and slung over her shoulder probably didn’t hurt.
While many know Stephanie from her 90s love affair with Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose (she was the ill-fated bride in the band’s epic “November Rain” video), she actually was an in-demand model. Her Vogue spreads are noteworthy, but her swimsuit shoots are some of the most provocative ever put to film.
Paulina struck a pose in several Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues, from 1983 to 2004. The Czech beauty also landed contracts with Estée Lauder as well as Coca-Cola and served as a judge during a stint on America’s Next Top Model.
Robyn made history this year as the first “plus-size” model to appear in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue, but she’s no novice. The Australian native crafts designs for her own popular swimwear brand.
This fresh-faced model managed to score a cover of Vogue at the age of 15. Later on in her career, Niki made waves in Sports Illustrated on two separate occasions.
One of Victoria’s Secret’s most identifiable Angels, the Brazilian stunner’s affinity for boxing guarantees she’s in tip-top shape for swimwear shoots.