The 2024 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue marks a significant milestone, celebrating its 60th anniversary. This year’s edition features a remarkable lineup of cover models, including Chrissy Teigen, Kate Upton, Hunter McGrady, and Gayle King. These iconic figures embody the spirit of diversity and empowerment that the magazine has championed over the decades. Since 2021, this series has been the premier prelude to Miami Swim Week, attracting attendees in style. The events spanned an exhilarating weekend packed with three days of varied and engaging activities.

The 2024 issue also featured both new and returning models, bringing back familiar faces who graced the covers years ago. To commemorate this anniversary, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit hosted a grand event starting in New York on May 16th, then continuing at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in South Florida from May 17th to May 19th. The venue was transformed into a model’s paradise for the event, known as Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Island. This extravaganza was filled with beauty, empowerment, and celebration, drawing models, celebrities, and enthusiasts to this dynamic gathering.

Chrissy Teigen returns for her second cover appearance, having first graced the pages of the magazine in 2010 and the cover in 2014. Kate Upton, a celebrated figure in SI Swimsuit history, earns her fourth cover, having previously appeared in 2012, 2013, and 2017. Hunter McGrady makes her cover debut, representing body positivity and inclusivity, themes she has ardently supported since joining the magazine in 2016. Gayle King, a new and inspiring addition, highlights the recognition of women of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds.

The weekend kicked off on Friday night with the exclusive “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: Through the Decades” VIP Party at the Boras Pool within Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. This chic cocktail event featured installations showcasing images of the issue’s models, setting a glamorous and lively atmosphere for the guests.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Hard Rock Hotel Pool was turned into Swimsuit Island, offering a variety of activities, giveaways, and glam moments. The notable models in attendance included Christie Brinkley, Kate Upton, Hunter McGrady, Nicole Williams English, Brooks Nader, Kamie Crawford, Katie Austin, Christen Harper, and rookie Xandra Pohl. Reality TV stars like Hannah Ann Sluss and Daisy Kent from Bachelor Nation, as well as Kiki Barth from Real Housewives of Miami.

The highlight was a captivating red carpet event on Saturday night, with a surprise appearance by Tyra Banks. The star-studded lineup featured cover models like Kate Upton, Hunter McGrady, and Christie Brinkley, alongside other notable figures such as Jasmine Sanders, Roshumba Williams, Livvy Dunne, and Maye Musk. The night continued with an exclusive VIP dinner at Abiaka Wood Fire Grill and an after-party at DAER Day Club.

The weekend concluded with the “Recover Like a Model Wellness Day” on Sunday, featuring a morning workout led by SI Swimsuit model and fitness expert Katie Austin. Joined by Christen Harper and rookie Berkleigh Wright, the session saw participation from models like Camille Kostek, Livvy Dunne, Ellie Thuman, Sixtine, Xandra Pohl, Penny Lane, Jena Sims, Nina Cash, and Sharina Gutierrez.

This year’s event was supported by notable brand sponsors such as Tarte Cosmetics, Electric Picks, Gold Bond, and Girly, contributing to a welcoming environment.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Island remains a standout occasion, heralding Miami Swim Week with its blend of glamour, inspiration, and memorable moments.

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