SI Swimsuit is celebrating the launch of its 2016 issue with a four day, two state extravaganza complete with fan festivals, musical performances and parties. Monday began with the official release of the issue and launch of the (new, improved, kickass) SI Swimsuit website. It also marked the first day of our New York Fan Festival, located at the Altman Building in New York City. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the action.

SI Swimsuit 2016 Launch: The Lead-Up | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 


The building (a.k.a. - SwimCity) was covered with enormous murals of the girls, which allowed me to do cool things like take pics of Kate and Caroline in front of themselves.

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This was the first time the girls took a good look at the issue. Rose and Kelly approved of what they saw.

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Nina has it all under control while shooting a SwimDaily video.

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Kate and Kelly admire one of Emily's photos.

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Not sure what I said to Mia here, but she was clearly taken aback.

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Hannah Ferg and Gigi work on their hosting skills.

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Sam poses in front of a throng of fans.

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Hannah and Kate: Turn around. People want their autographs!

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Hannah is ready for takeoff.

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Barbara loves her fans.

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Model Search contestants Kyra Santoro, Caroline Kelly and Megan Williams enjoy some downtime.

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A look at one of the swimsuit panels.

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Mia and Robyn strike a pose.

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Silly Barbara. Serious Barbara. 

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All good days end with pizza. Right, Kyra??

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