February 16, 2012 6:36 PM | By Jason Buckland, MSN Sports
SI's most memorable swimsuit cover models

Will Kate Upton be as memorable as these beauties?



MSN looks back at some of Sports Illustrated’s most memorable swimsuit cover models (© Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
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The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue conjures many jokes. Most involve 13-year-old boys and closed bedroom doors, though regrettably they cannot be printed here.

In any case, SI's most famous magazine is nonetheless a hallmark event, its release day being that one morning when trudging to the mailbox is no chore. This year, 19-year-old bombshell Kate Upton graces the mag's cover, though buxom as the Michigan model may be, she's simply the latest in a long legacy of infamous babes. In honour of 2012's issue hitting Canadian newsstands this week, MSN looks back at some of Sports Illustrated's most memorable swimsuit cover models.

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