Aruba selected as backdrop for SI 2018 Swimsuit edition
The island of Aruba was handpicked by the Sports Illustrated (SI) team for the 55th edition of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit – for its exotic, secluded Caribbean location and euphoric seascape.
The SI team scoured the globe looking for the most coveted Caribbean island to showcase, and crowned Aruba the sovereign destination of the publication. Other Caribbean destinations featured in the shoot are Bahamas, Belize and Nevis.
The illustrious issue was revealed on Tuesday and reveals the breathtaking island within its pages. The highly acclaimed editorial includes a sizzling lineup of global supermodels and world champions, including Kate Upton, Aly Raisman, Alexis Ren, Sailor Brinkley (daughter of former SI model, Christie Brinkley), Paige Spiranac and many more.
"It is a privilege to host such a dynamic, accomplished group of women in Aruba for the legendary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2018," said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority. "Aruba embraces female empowerment and we applaud these young women for pursuing their dreams and being pioneers of fearlessness and leadership. We look forward to unveiling Aruba, its award-winning beaches, rugged coastline and stunning scenery within Sports Illustrated."
Reaching more than 70 million adults nationwide annually, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit brand has become a pop culture phenomenon and revered launching pad for successful careers in TV, fashion, business and film.
With an A-list lineup slated for the spotlight in this year's issue, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 showcases renowned supermodels and social influencers – Sailor Brinkley Cook, Alexis Ren, Myla Dalbesio, Raven Lyn, Georgia Gibbs and Kate Wasley, as well as Olympic medalists and world champions – Brenna Huckaby, three-time Olympic gold medalist, Aly Raisman, Paige Spiranac, Genie Bouchard, and Sloane Stephens, 2017 US Open Tennis Champion and Australian Open Semi-Finalist, in Aruba.
They join a powerful cast of women to historically grace the issue's pages, from Christie Brinkley, Brooklyn Decker and Elle Macpherson to Heidi Klum, Chrissy Teigen and Kate Upton.
Globally-known for its pearl beaches, secluded mangroves and idyllic ocean views, Aruba offers adrenaline junkies, relaxation-seekers and everyone in between a slice of paradise with breathtaking beaches, a booming culinary scene of over 300 restaurants with 25 plus located ideally on the water, world-famous festivals and events, exciting land and water activities, art galleries and museums, sumptuous spas, championship golf, exclusive shopping and signature experiences to explore.
To celebrate the iconic issue, Aruba is offering fans a chance to enter to win a trip for two featuring a guided tour of the local hot spots where the 2018 SI Swimsuit Issue was shot, a traditional dining experience and a five-night getaway at the Boardwalk Aruba.
To enter to win, fans will need to visit www.aruba.com/SI and complete the entry form. The sweepstakes will run Feb. 13, 2018 – Apr. 30, 2018. Stay tuned for more event details at www.si.com/swimsuit and follow along with Sports Illustrated top models, using the hashtag #SISwim and #SISwimAruba for a behind the scenes look at the photoshoot in Aruba.