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Sept. 27, 2004
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Looking Back

Instant replay has vastly enriched the lives of all sports fans, so why not bring it to the Swimsuit Issue? MARISSA MILLER re-creates 10 highlights from SI's most illustrious--and sometimes notorious--spin-off

By Produced by Patti O'Brien

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photograph by JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN THE ORIGINAL   Christie Brinkley
1981 Florida
swimsuit by Norma Kamali for OMO
photographed by Frank W. OckenfelsMARISSA'S VERSION How'd they get the birds just right? The 1981 image (above) was blown up on a 12-by-14-foot vinyl sheet.COLOR PHOTOphotograph by BRIAN LANKER THE ORIGINAL   Paulina Porizkova
1985 Australia
swimsuit bottom by Catalina
COLOR PHOTOphotographed by Frank W. OckenfelsMARISSA'S VERSION It took three tries to find shells--the first pair was too big, the second too small--that fit just right.COLOR PHOTOphotograph by HANS FEURER THE ORIGINAL   Sarah O'Hare
1999 British Virgin Islands
COLOR PHOTOphotographed by Frank W. OckenfelsMARISSA'S VERSION It took 2,400 pounds of beige and white sand to construct this 10-by-14-foot "beach" in the studio.COLOR PHOTOphotograph by PAOLO CURTO THE ORIGINAL   Stacey Williams
1993 Florida Keys
COLOR PHOTOphotographed by Frank W. OckenfelsMARISSA'S VERSION You can't buy this suit in any store--so tailor Raul Zevallos had to cut his own fabric and stitch on his own daisies.COLOR PHOTOphotograph by BRIAN LANKER THE ORIGINAL   Kathy Ireland
1986 Bora Bora
swimsuit by Gilda Marx
COLOR PHOTOphotographed by Frank W. OckenfelsMARISSA'S VERSION Marissa is occasionally inundated by flowers from admirers, but this was the first time she'd bathed in 4,000 plumeria.COLOR PHOTOphotograph by ROBERT ERDMANN THE ORIGINAL   Heidi Klum
2000 Malaysia
swimsuit by Gottex
COLOR PHOTOphotographed by Frank W. OckenfelsMARISSA'S VERSION This 15-foot, 75-pound Burmese python was the smaller of the two snakes brought in for this shot. The other outweighed Marissa.COLOR PHOTOphotograph by WALTER IOOSS JR. THE ORIGINAL   Cheryl Tiegs
1978 Brazil
swimsuit by Monika for Elon
COLOR PHOTOphotographed by Frank W. OckenfelsMARISSA'S VERSION How to get that '70s look? Think lots of curlers and gobs of dark eye shadow.COLOR PHOTOphotograph by ROBERT HUNTZINGER THE ORIGINAL   Elle Macpherson
1990 Windward Islands
swimsuit by LisaLamas
COLOR PHOTOphotographed by Frank W. OckenfelsMARISSA'S VERSION If you think Marissa looks hot in this shot, you're right-- the studio's thermostat was cranked up to 90° to ward off goose bumps.COLOR PHOTOphotograph by RUSSELL JAMES THE ORIGINAL ¬† Tyra Banks
1997 Bahamas
swimsuit by Salinas for Pisces
COLOR PHOTOphotographed by Frank W. OckenfelsMARISSA'S VERSION This was the easiest suit to find, since an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny polka-dot bikini never goes out of style.COLOR PHOTOphotograph by MIKE REINHARDT THE ORIGINAL   Daniela Pestova
1995 Bermuda
swimsuit by Gottex
COLOR PHOTOphotographed by Frank W. OckenfelsMARISSA'S VERSION Fear not--that nasty pillar of coral is Styrofoam.