This year, NBC and Time Inc. will present “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful.” The special event will be a two-hour TV special celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit franchise, an absolute fixture in American pop culture.
Former swimsuit cover model and “Project Runway” star Heidi Klum will host the special, with feature appearances from fellow swimsuit icons including Tyra Banks, Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Marisa Miller, Kate Upton and more of the most celebrated models in franchise history.
Musical guests performing on the show include Grammy Award-winning, chart-topping artists Enrique Iglesias, Lady Antebellum, the Fray, John Legend and Tim McGraw. The special will treat viewers to the storied history of the franchise, with behind-the-scenes footage and photography from the exotic cover shoots and back stories from the most loved and recognizable swimsuit models on the planet. All of this will culminate in a countdown of the top 10 SI swimsuit covers of all time.
“Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful” is produced by Deaton Flanigen Productions Inc. Robert Deaton, George J. Flanigen IV, and Sports Illustrated are executive producers; Gary Halvorson is director, and Ryan O’Dowd is the writer.