Wed Feb 17, 2016 @ 11:11 PM
I knew Wednesday was going to be a challenge. We had arrived at our hotel at 4 a.m. after a raucous charter flight and all everyone wanted was a good, long night of sleep. But it's Swimsuit Launch Week and sleep tends to get sacrificed. The afternoon was spent at the Fan Festival on South Beach while the evening included a barbecue at the hotel followed by a Wiz Khalifa concert and after-hours party. Yup, it was a long-ass day. Here's a look behind the scenes.
SI Swimsuit 2016 Launch: The Lead-Up | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4
Welcome to Swim City!
The crowd waits to get in.
Come for the ping-pong. Stay for the swimsuit models.
A schedule of the day's autograph signings ... coming soon.
Hailey poses for a photo.
Did I mention there were puppies? Emily, Kate and Erin were quite pleased.
Nina and Hannah pose during an autograph signing.
Chanel dances on stage. The dude in the blue shirt is not impressed.
To Chrissy or not to Chrissy. That is the question.
Emily and Kate never take a bad photo.
Hannah Ferg gives me a smile. Gigi has no idea I'm taking a photo.
Hoopes makes a new friend.
Nina's got a microphone. Look out!
Rookies Sofia and Bo strike a pose.
Here's Sam and Hannah moments before Wiz Khalifa's performance.
No idea how Nina saw me taking this pic but I'm glad she did.