Sports Illustrated's annual Swimsuit Edition is a cause for minor celebrations all over the world because, well, they feature women in bikinis hot enough to be in a Victoria's Secret fashion show. The yearly bikini bash has been creating a lot more noise than usual after putting a certain girl named Kate Upton on the cover for two years straight now.
With Upton dancing all over the Interwebz, no one's ever really complained about that:
This year's front page however, caused an uproar amongst bikini enthusiasts. Primarily because of who the cover girl is:
Yup, apparently, the vaunted Swimsuit Issue's 2014 cover girl is none other than that plastic blonde bombshell, Barbie. Reports say that its iconic toymakers, Mattel, partnered with S.I. to put the 55-year-old doll on the cover.
In a report by U.S. site Christian Science Monitor, S.I.'s swimsuit editor had this to say: “From its earliest days, Swimsuit has delivered a message of empowerment, strength, and beauty. And we are delighted that Barbie is celebrating those core values in such a unique manner.”
In the case of Mattel, Fox Sports reports what Lisa McKnight, the toy corporation's senior vice president of marketing, had to say: "As a legend herself, and under constant criticism about her body and how she looks, posing...gives Barbie...and her fellow legends an opportunity to own who they are."
Being it that the 2014 edition also marks the 50th anniversary of the issue, people who favor real-life women more than girly toys were naturally less enthusiastic when the news came out. A report by entertainment outlet E!Online compiled a number of classy reactions from the Twitterati, but this perhaps summed it up:
Here at FHM.com.ph, where there are guys who would like to think that they know a thing or two about girls in bikins, our reaction is simple: JUST GIVE US MORE OF KATE UPTON!
Thankfully (and we really, really mean it), MORE KATE UPTON is really what we're going to get.
A day after that Barbie-caused Internet firestorm, it was revealed that the Barbie cover was merely what advertising people call an "advertising wrap." A gimmick. A pseudo-cover that covered the real cover, which was officially uncovered in this episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live:
Apparently, the Barbie cover was just an ad stunt paid for by Mattel, and handed out at a toy fair in NYC. Us being the Internet generation, of course, took the entire bait, hook, line, and sinker.
The real 50th anniv issue of the iconic rag features Danish model Nina Agdal, Victoria's Secret Angel Lily Aldridge and 2010 Swimsuit Issue alumnus, Chrissy Teigen. Inside, 22 other models are featured in the magazine's "Salute To The Legends" spread. Thank you, S.I.!