After two exhilarating days in New York City, SI Swimsuit headed to Nashville and everyone quickly fell in love with the Music City. It was a busy day - video shoots at Katy K. Designs and Bridgestone Arena (with the Nashville Predators) before a Kings of Leon concert and epic after-party. Here's a behind-the-scenes look back at all the action.
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After a quick breakfast, I headed outside and ran into Genevieve Morton, who was returning from a radio interview with Frank Wycheck. He gave her a bobblehead. She was psyched.
Our first stop was Katy K. Designs for a shoot with Gigi Hadid and Kelly Rohrbach. It didn't take them long to start shopping.
After Katy K., I headed downtown to check out the tent for the first time. It was impressive.
Sara Sampaio and Jessica Gomes pose before the tent opens to the public.
I explored the tent and met the Smith Forge girls. They were nearly as popular as the models.
I also ran into Samantha Hoopes, who turned heads with this outfit.
Speaking of turning heads, here's Chanel Iman.
Hailey Clauson and Ashley Smith relax before the festivities begin.
Our next video shoot was at Bridgestone Arena with models Kate Bock and Emily DiDonato, who were joined by Nashville Predators teammates Seth Jones, Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi. The models were paired up with a player (Seth was judge) and competed against each other in three different Skills competitions (shooting, skating, face-off).
I won't spoil the heated Bock vs. DiDonato results -- the video will be on SwimDaily soon -- but I came away impressed with their skating (especially in slow-motion) and Kate's backhand.
After hockey, it was back to the tent for some live music.
Poor Emily. Within minutes of returning from hockey, she was back at work, competing in a foosball game.
This is Herb Williams, a local artist who created this portrait of Hannah Davis' cover, which he made exclusively from crayons. Who knew crayon art was a thing? I had to ask Herb some questions about the process.
The best thing about this year's Swimsuit launch is that the general public can actually meet the models and have them sign autographs. Here's the Day 3 schedule, for those keeping track at home.
Erin Heatherton, Emily and Ariel Meredith hone the autograph table. Hoopes, if you're wondering, was on stage introducing the next band.
My first Nina Agdal sighting of the day! She is very photogenic.
Hannah Ferguson and Jess Gomes stop for a quick photo.
It was a long day. Hard to blame Chanel for enjoying some couch time. Also, shout out to our sponsors at Lexus.
After a short rest, it was time for a short cocktail hour before the Kings of Leon concert. Sara and Emily Ratajkowski spiced things up by playing a game of "Who wore it better?"
Swimsuit veterans Gomes and Agdal discuss my amazing behind-the-scenes Swimsuit Launch Week Diary (I couldn't actually hear them but seems like a logical guess). For some reason, my camera decided to turn Jess' hair blue.
An aerial view of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center before the concert.
The models hang out before their introduction.
Meet the 2015 SI Swimsuit models!
At 8:30, Kings of Leon took the stage. Did you know the band's lead singer (Caleb Followill) is married to SI Swimsuit model Lily Aldridge?
The crowd erupted during Sex on Fire so I decided to take a short video. Please ignore the random dude fist-pumping at the 13-second mark.
The night wasn't over yet. After Kings of Leon, everyone boarded shuttle buses and headed to Pinewood Social for the after-party. Solveig and Kelly were really excited the venue had a bowling alley.
The great Hannah Ferguson strikes a couple poses.
Finally, at about 1:15 a.m., we arrived back at the hotel. I made Solveig, Kelly and Erin pose for one last pic before calling it a night.
As you can see, it was a busy Day 3. Come back tomorrow for the final installment of our Swimsuit Launch Week Diary.