Halt the cover speculation! For the first time ever, in the history of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, we're crowning three separate cover models—Ronda Rousey, Ashley Graham and Hailey Clauson.
Tonight on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed, viewers got a first look at SI Swimsuit 2016 as our three covers were unveiled. The cover ladies were joined by their fellow models, as we announced everything from model search to virtual reality and beyond!
"Every single woman that is booked for this magazine is cover worthy," explained Assistant Managing Editor MJ Day. "The collective beauty in the magazine is overwhelming. SI has always been and will always be about the models; the pictures you see here are a celebration of them.
"The three covers of Hailey, Ronda and Ashley celebrate the new SI Swimsuit. All three women are beautiful, sexy and strong. Beauty is not cookie cutter. Beauty is not 'one size fits all.' Beauty is all around us and that became especially obvious to me while shooting and editing this year's issue."
On choosing Ronda Rousey's cover: "Ronda Rousey is a cultural phenomenon. She is the perfect combination of beauty, brains, brawn and humility. She possesses a spirit bigger than the space around her, and it is both infectious and inspiring. She's a Phoenix, as fiery and beautiful as any mythical creature ever depicted."
On choosing Ashley Graham's cover: " Ashley Graham is a sultry, feminine masterpiece. I dare you not to stare at her. Ashley commands your attention in her photographs. She owns her sexiness in a way that every woman should. Her confidence is contagious."
On choosing Hailey Clauson's cover: "Hailey Clauson is the definition of a modern bombshell. Learn a little about her and you'll appreciate her beauty even more. Even as unsettling as her beauty can be, one minute in her company and you'll feel like you've known her for years."
BONUS: Get a first look at our 2016 SI Swimsuit cover models!