Wednesday 17 July 2019

Triple Threat: Lily Aldridge, Nina Agdal and Christy Teigen land Sports Illustrated cover

Aishling Phelan

It seems that plastic blonde-bombshell Barbie didn’t quite make the cut of the 50th Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue.

The coveted anniversary cover went to models Lily Aldridge, Chrissy Teigen and Nina Agdal in an exotic beach shoot.

Rumours circulated yesterday that the iconic doll would feature ‘‘unapologetically’’ as the cover girl of the milestone issue.

The golden anniversary issue sees the string of sun-kissed models wearing barely-there bikini bottoms, posing in the turquoise South Pacific Ocean.

Shot in the tropical Cook Islands off New Zealand, it makes a stark difference to the arctic conditions last year's cover girl Kate Upton had to endure in Antarctica.

Sun-lovers can indulge in a dose of escapism as the exotic issue hits stands on Tuesday.

The triple-threat model cover is the first since 1994's "Dream Team" when Kathy Ireland, Elle MacPherson and Rachel Hunter appeared on the cover.

This year’s trio wore an assortment of bright orange and fuchsia pink bikini bottoms and let their sea-drenched long locks fall over their shoulders.

Aldridge is a newcomer to the magazine at 28-years-old, while Teigen (28) and Agdal (21) are veterans of the annual edition, making their debuts in 2010 and 2012.

"I feel so lucky. It's the perfect introduction," Aldridge, wife of Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill said.

The mum-of-one told PEOPLE, "It's just such a dream come true, and to just be a part of the 50th anniversary cover is just insane. I think I was in total shock when I found out."

While the youngest model Agdal admitted she had achieved one of her main goals.

"I'm speechless. It was my goal. I couldn't be happier to be on this year's cover. Absolutely amazing,’’ she said.

"I started crying. It was a weird shaking [and] trembling, because I didn't believe it," said John Legend's wife Teigen.

She insisted her R&B star husband was the first person she called to share the good news of the historic cover.

The 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's anniversary edition goes live online and across mobile platforms Feb. 18.

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