After an arduous debate, we at Swimsuit concluded that you've waited long enough. It's time to begin the rollout for Swimsuit 2014, and get you those sneak peeks you—well, some of you—have waited so patiently for. So let's do this.
But first thing's first:
The SI Swimsuit Issue's 50th anniversary edition hits newsstands Tues., Feb. 18, the same day it goes live online and across mobile platforms.
In the coming weeks, Swim Daily will be rolling out exciting details and exclusive footage from the making of this milestone issue. Today, we start with two exclusive images from Island Beach State Park, one leg of Hannah Davis's "Jersey Strong" campaign, which also shot in Cape May, the state's southernmost point, as well as on the rehabilitated boardwalk of Seaside Heights. Highlighting Seaside, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy (click here to see Seaside then and now), holds special meaning for many of us in the Swimsuit family who were born and bred in the Garden State: editors MJ Day, Darcie Baum and editorial assistant Alyssa Conroy, photographer Walter Iooss, p.r. sage Scott Novak, founding editor Jule Campbell, as well as yours truly. As any die-hard Jerseyite can tell you, it's also the home state of some of America's boldest-faced names: Meryl Streep, Jon Stewart, Bill Parcells, Buzz Aldrin, Jon Bon Jovi, John Travolta, Shaquille O'Neal, Joe Theismann and late greats Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston and James Gandolfini. And then, of course, there's the undisputed Boss, Bruce Springsteen.
In just four days, all eyes will turn to East Rutherford, N.J., for what could be the coldest Super Bowl in history. But today, allow yourself to daydream of a warmer time, one replete with salty air, crashing waves, a plateful of zeppoles and the laurel-green eyes of Hannah Davis.
New Jersey & SI Swimsuit: Perfect Together.
Photo by Ben Watts/SI | Swimsuit by Elizabeth Southwood for Sauvage Swimwear | Surfboard by Grain Surfboards
Photograph by Ben Watts/SI | Swimsuit by Kate Swim
VIDEO: Hannah hits the boardwalk
Swimsuit 2014: A First Look
A sneak peek into Swimsuit 2014's "Jersey Strong" shoot as Hannah Davis explores the revival of New Jersey's coast