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By Sports Illustrated, Special for USDR.
Hannah Davis graces the cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT 2015 as revealed on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon this evening. Marking her inaugural appearance on the cover, Davis was shot by famed fashion photographer Ben Watts (his first Swimsuit cover) at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee.
SI Swimsuit launches on newsstands, tablet, mobile and SI.com/Swimsuit on Monday, February 9. Also, tune in to Travel Channel beginning Sunday, February 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT for back-to-back premieres of “SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015” – a behind-the-scenes journey through the creation of the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit multi-platform edition. The five-part series of specials will air nightly through Wednesday, February 18 and anchors Travel Channel’s “Beach Week” – a multi-platform network event, hosted by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal.Said Sports Illustrated Assistant Managing Editor MJ Day: “Hannah Davis and her cover are stunningly beautiful, sweet and sexy. The image leaps from the page. It’s a beautiful photo in its simplest form. No gimmicks, no stunts, just pure American beauty!”The 24-year-old St. Thomas (USVI) native, marks her third appearance in SI Swimsuit (debuting as a rookie in the 2013 issue and featured in the 50th Anniversary Issue in 2014). Davis joins the ranks of legendary models to grace the cover of the iconic issue including Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen, Lily Aldridge, Nina Agdal, Christie Brinkley, Heidi Klum, Elle Macpherson and Tyra Banks. After being discovered playing on the professional Caribbean tennis circuit, Davis moved to New York City and has been featured in top fashion magazines and several national advertising campaigns.
Says Davis: “I am both shocked and excited to be this year’s cover model. This has been a lifelong dream of mine and I feel so blessed to have this opportunity!”
With a reach of over 70 million consumers, the annual Swimsuit issue continues to evolve as the most successful print issue to date. This year’s theme “Made in the USA” takes readers on a cross-country American journey celebrating the beauty of the American landscape from Route 66 and Yellow Stone National Park to the beaches of Kauai and Captiva Island.