And so it begins. With the release of this trailer, the most ambitious year in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit history has officially kicked off. It'll be a busy week for us, with several new digital launches, multiple red carpets spanning the country, a David Letterman appearance or two, the release of a new app, and a model-packed, 45-minute live show on SI.com leading up to one of the most spectacular live presentations ever attempted. Overwhelmed? We've got you covered. Here's a breakdown of all the action.
SWIM 2013 TRAILER
Seven continents. Seventeen models. There's never been a more ambitious year in SI Swimsuit history. Check out the trailer here to learn why this year's issue is our biggest ever.
*Launching 12:00 noon, ET TODAY*
Come back at noon to meet the newest member of the swimsuit family, SwimDaily.com--your ultimate source for non-stop news, photos, interviews and videos throughout the year. We'll have daily content from our models, behind-the-scenes stories from our hard-working editorial team, exclusive interviews, an always-updating Instagram feed powered by the girls themselves, and much, much more. Bonus: We're launching with an exclusive gallery of photos showcasing Katherine Webb--30 photos in all. What's more, to kick off the launch we'll be following along with the models as they celebrate in New York, jet to Las Vegas, walk the red carpets, and hit the strip to celebrate.
THE 2013 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE
*On newsstands this week, select newsstands TODAY*
Don't miss this year's epic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, featuring 220 model-packed pages and a special bonus insert on the beauty trends and fashion secrets behind the issue. Available on newsstands this week and on digital platforms after midnight tonight. Click here to download.
SWIMSUIT 2013: THE ONLINE EXPERIENCE
*Launching 6:00 p.m. ET TODAY*
Our immersive online portfolio of photos and videos takes an exciting new turn this year with a full-screen experience featuring all 17 models on all seven continents. It's the ultimate experience for the swimsuit fan.
SWIMSUIT: Top 10, LIVE ON DAVID LETTERMAN
Tune in tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET (or check local listings) for Dave's Top 10 list featuring our Swimsuit models. And tomorrow night, tune in tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET (or check local listings) for Dave's exclusive interview with our cover model, Kate Upton. You don't want to miss this--stories about her trip to Antarctica, the suspense surrounding her second consecutive cover, and more.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIM 2013: THE APP
*Launching 6:00 p.m. ET TODAY*
Our newest app is jam-packed with 75 videos, more than 150 high-resolution photographs from our 2013 shoots, and more. This year, we've even added in body painting in 360 degrees. Just swipe to rotate each look. If you already have the 2012 app, just update; if not, click here to download in iTunes.
SWIM 2013: THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUTS
SportsIllustrated and Google+ have partnered together to offer fans inside access to editors and models of the iconic Swimsuit franchise with three Google+ Hangouts during the 2013 launch week. RSVP for the hangouts here.
Meet The Swimsuit Editors (Feb. 12, 2:30 p.m. ET): Live from New York, Swimsuit Editors MJ Day and Darcie Baum will discuss the process of putting together the 2013 Swimsuit issue and answer questions from fans on fashion, what it was like to shoot on all seven continents and much more!
Meet The Swimsuit Rookies (Feb. 13: 7:30 p.m. ET): What’s it like to be a new Swimsuit model? Find out from the 2013 Swimsuit Rookies with host Chris Mannix live from Las Vegas. The Rookies will also discuss their favorite shoot locations and memorable stories from their first ever SI Swimsuit.
Spend Valentines Day with Kate Upton & Katherine Webb (Feb. 14: 6:00 p.m. ET): What’s better than spending Valentine’s Day with two beautiful Swimsuit models? Live from Las Vegas, Kate Upton and Katherine Webb will join Swimsuit senior editor’s MJ Day and Darcie Baum for a live Hangout that will ensure that all fans have a Valentine on the day dedicated to love.
LAS VEGAS LIVE: OUR BIGGEST EVENT EVER!
*Airing LIVE on SI.com at 10:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, Feb. 13*
We'll be coming to you live from poolside at the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas where model Chrissy Teigen and SI.com managing editor Matt Bean will host a live show powered by Lexus featuring model interviews, clips from our upcoming Travel Channel behind-the-scenes show, sit-downs with creative director Chris Hercik and senior Swim editor MJ Day, and more. The climax: An event so big, you'll have to see it to believe it.
SWIMSUIT RED CARPETS
The action continues at our cross-continental launch party schedule, starting at Crimson in New York City on Tuesday night. From there, we'll hit Nobu in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino Wednesday night, and then head to Marquee in The Cosmopolitan Hotel for a second red-carpet event featuring all of the models. Thursday night, we'll head to 1OAK in the The Mirage Hotel & Casino for our third red-carpet and (phew!) finally, we'll hit The Bank in the Bellagio Hotel where a select group of models will walk the red carpet.
Be sure to follow along: We'll be live-tweeting all of the action on @si_swimsuit and on Instagram at @si_swimsuit, and covering everything on SwimDaily.com (as of noon today).
TRAVEL CHANNEL: THE MAKING OF SWIMSUIT 13
*Airing February 17, 8 p.m. ET*
Our big idea--seventeen models across seven continents--comes to the small screen with this hour-long look into the world of Swimsuit. We'll give you unprecedented access to the models, editors, photographers, and more. Not only that, The Making Of... offers an in-depth look at the far-flung locales we visited, from Easter Island to China to Antarctica. Tune in, this is one show you don't want to miss.