10. Veronika Varekova

Varekova has made eight appearances in SI’s swimsuit issue including a cover in 2004

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9. Rebecca Romijn

Romijn has made the leap from model to actress as well as anyone, as evidenced by her role as Mystique in the X-men franchise, as well as her work on Ugly Betty.

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8. Niki Taylor

One of the original Supermodels, Taylor was on the cover of the 1998 SI swimsuit issue..

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7. Naomi Campbell

Another original Supermodel, Campbell has kind of lost her mind in recent years, but that’s ok. We still love her.

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6. Kim Alexis

Alexis was a huge model in the 80’s, and later became a health nut, running marathons and hosting health shows on Lifetime and the Health Network.

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5. Christie Brinkley

Billy Joel’s ex-wife. Oh, also appeared on three SI swimsuit issue covers in the late 70’s and early 80’s, and was also the face of Covergirl for a really long time.

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4. Marisa Miller

Discovered at the age of 16 in a San Francisco cafe by two Italian modeling agents, Miller has appeared in every issue of the SI swimsuit edition since 2002.

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3. Bar Rafaeli

The 2009 cover girl, and easily one of the hottest women in the world.

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2. Heidi Klum

Host of Project Runway and easily one of the most famous models in the world, Klum always stood out when appearing in SI’s annual.

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1. Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks has transitioned from modeling to building a massive empire and positioning herself as the heir apparent to Oprah Winfrey. She was the first African-American to grace the cover of the SI swimsuit issue, and that cover might just be the most iconic in the history of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. That’s good enough for us when it comes to our top spot, although the number one slot certainly could have gone to any number of the women that made up this list!

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