It's 4:04 a.m. on Wednesday morning and I'm really regretting my decision to do a daily Launch Week Diary. We just arrived in Miami after a raucous flight from Newark that included the models busting out rap songs on the P.A. system (Rose and Gigi really shined), an impromptu runway walk (Kelly's high step was epic) and other shenanigans better left unsaid. It was a long day—starting at SwimCity, continuing with a red carpet soirée and capped off with a private charter to Miami. Here's a look behind the scenes of Day 2.
SI Swimsuit 2016 Launch: The Lead-Up | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4
Before I arrived at the event, I ran into these walking SwimCity billboards on 18th Street.
Hannah is interviewed by Entertainment Tonight.
Rose takes a second for a quick Facetime before the doors opened.
Gigi and Lily goof around during an autograph signing.
Sam certainly turned some heads with this outfit.
No wonder all these guys wanted a date with her.
Bo and Barbara sign autographs. Barbara is annoyed because this was my fifth attempt at a simple photo.
Dani and Kyra barely knew each other a week ago. Now they’re inseparable.
History in the making: Kelly's first experience with virtual reality. Gigi and Irina eagerly await their turn.
Nina and Barbara pose for a selfie.
Big Sofia. Small Sofia.
New York’s bravest enjoy some quality time with Bo and Rose.
Robyn makes some new friends.
Kate and Sam pose for a selfie.
Kate and Emily pose for a selfie. Kate likes her selfies.
I had Bo, a native of Serbia, recite lines from the movie Major League. It’s either going to be the best or worst video we’ve ever put out (but nothing in between).
The girls then got dressed for the red carpet party. Kyra insisted I photograph both sides to capture the full effect of her outfit.
Ashley was impressed with Kyra's butt. Can you blame her?
The girls work it on the red carpet.
Megan poses before her red carpet walk.
More history in the making: Mia's first red carpet! She handled it like a seasoned vet.
Tanya awaits her turn.
Hailey and Hannah on the red carpet.
Hannah Davis, who nearly pursued a career in pro tennis before deciding to model, chats with Caroline Wozniacki.
Bo knows how to pose.
I spotted Rose on the escalator and made her pose.
After the party, the models and some lucky SI staffers (myself included) took a bus to Newark for the flight to Miami. If you've ever wondered what a bus of supermodels looks like, now you know.
Gigi was really excited to get off the bus.
Rose and Chanel pose before the flight.
Gigi Hadid has personalized Gigi Hadid sneakers. I've never been so jealous of anything in my life.