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Happy Birthday Cheryl Tiegs

Cheryl Tiegs :: Walter Iooss Jr./SI Cheryl Tiegs :: Walter Iooss Jr./SI

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Cheryl Tiegs used to receive the same phone call every year: "You haven't lost any weight have you, Cheryl," the voice on the other line would say. And just like that, Tiegs knew she was invited back for another year at SI Swimsuit. The voice on the other end belonged to then-swimsuit editor Julie Campbell, who saw Tiegs as a cornerstone of the issue. "They kind of like girls falling out of their bathing suits," Tiegs recalled during a recent interview with AOL. "And that was me because I was never rail-thin ... more the tumble-in-the-hay, girl-next-door type." In all, Tiegs made 11 appearances in the swimsuit issue including three covers (1970, 1975, and 1983). Her fame also landed her on the cover of mainstream magazines such as People (four times) and Time (three times), which led many to consider her the Golden Girl of the ’70s. The Golden Girl turns 66 on Wednesday and SwimDaily is paying tribute with this collection of her finest swimsuit pics.

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