Who was the fiercest model at the Sports Illustrated 50th anniversary event?


Call me crazy, but I’m enjoying the hell out of these photos. The event: the 50th Anniversary celebration for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Old and young Swimsuit Issue cover girls came out to celebrate, and it’s like a who’s who of mainstream models from the past three decades, give or take some nips, tucks and Botox. Some wannabes were also in attendance (Ireland Baldwin!) too. I’m starting with Kate Upton and her two-year cover reign. I’m kind of wondering if Kate isn’t going to get her third SI cover this year, right? As for how she looked at this event… the dress is too tight in the bust (it’s giving her uniboob), but her styling is the best I’ve ever seen from her.


Kathy Ireland looks like a game-show hostess. But maybe she always had that sort of look, right?


Tyra Banks STOLE ALL THE WEAVES for this look.


I feel like we’re about to see “accidentally” see Chrissy Tiegen’s vadge.


This is just a bad dress and bad look overall on Rebecca Romijn. She’s so pretty, but NO.


Remember when Marissa Miller was a thing?


Christie Brinkley STOLE ALL THE BOTOX for this look.


I loathe Heidi Klum’s bangs. And she looks like she’s about to flash someone in that coat.


Here’s Ireland Baldwin with her boyfriend, The Trout. What’s his name? You’re going to make me look it up, aren’t you? Let’s see… Slater Trout. I think we should just call him The Trout. Anyway, Ireland looks good, I guess. I was taken aback by the low-cut V of her dress, but I guess it sort of works.


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. MaryBeth says:

    I think Brinkley looks the best. Botox, and all.

  2. Kiddo says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Christie did more than botox, like a lift? Her body is incredible, though. That had to be all effort.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      She had to have. I know I’m alone here, but I think she would be prettier if she just let it go a little. She looks good, but so fake.

    • FLORC says:

      If she did she’s found that magical balance where she looks ageless.
      She doesn’t have that weird, unnatural look others get from “work” on their faces.
      Tyra looks nutty.

    • Ice Maiden says:

      I don’t think there’s any doubt that she’s had every procedure known to mankind on her face. And I have to be a voice of dissent among those saying she looks great. I don’t think she does. She’s not so bad in this picture – but very Barbie doll – but in other close-up pics I’ve seen of her she looks scary, almost Joker in Batman-ish.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I agree.

      • Kiddo says:

        I didn’t comment on the work being splendid. I just thought she had work, as opposed to simple injections. Her body, however, is a marvel for someone that age. It can’t possible be the result of all procedures.

      • Ice Maiden says:

        She does have a great body, but I suspect there’s a reason that she’s covered up everything other than her legs – no shame in that, what with her being 59 and all that. Ask any ‘femme d’une certain age’ – the legs are the last thing to go south!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Agree Kiddo, her body looks great for any age.

    • Maureen says:

      Christie Brinkley really does look amazing. I’m quite sure she’s botoxing or had work done, or both. But from this photo at least she looks like her surgeon did a great job and didn’t go over-board. It’d be interesting to see a closer-up photo of her face. Also, I’ve always had the impression that she’s quite outdoorsy, which would explain why she’s so fit but in a very natural, wholesome way.

  3. Anna says:

    Marissa Miller was A Thing? Ever?
    Apparently it’s all about minis with sleeves.
    And Upton’s breasts are MAGNIFICENT. I call dibs.

    • blue marie says:

      They really are nice, mine never look that good pushed together… Seriously though, all these models and this is the crap they give us? Poor showing.

    • Tapioca says:

      She was Maxim’s Hottest and got to wear the magical diamond-encrusted VS bra a few seasons ago. The reason you missed her is that she was self-aware enough to know she was basically decoration for teenage boys and didn’t try to force herself upon us!

    • Dani says:

      Marissa Miller was the face for VS for a good year or two. She took over the catalogs, walked first in the shows and wore the million dollar bra.

      • Anna says:

        It’s not that I dont remember her, but for someone to be A Thing, dont they have to become their own brand/celeb outside of the VS/SI universe? Upton, Kerr, Banks, Brinkley – they all are. Miller? She’s just a really high-end catalog girl. She never broke out.

  4. Dani2 says:

    I’m gonna have to go with Kate Upton. Never liked any of her red carpet looks but she’s the least try-hard-looking here. But yeah, none of these looks are all that great. Rebecca and Ireland have got such beautiful faces but I don’t like the actual dresses they wore.
    Tyra looks crazy, as per usual.

    • LadyMTL says:

      Tyra does look crazy, never mind that the way she’s standing in that pic makes me think that she has to pee sooooo bad, lol.

      I’d also have to give it to Kate Upton, because even though the dress is way too tight on top she still looks really lovely.

    • Lisa says:

      Agree, at least Kate Upton looks natural and relaxed.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Agree with all. Tyra is giving pretty bad face for someone who constantly tells young models to “remember your face.”

  5. YummyMummy says:

    Christie Brinkley looks Fabulous! How old is she now? Kathy Ireland looks tacky. Hating Heidi’s make up along with the fringe.

    • Cecilia says:

      I think Christie is 59. She really does look awesome!! Best of the bunch.

      • RHONYC says:

        Rebecca dressed up like Beyoncé (hair from Flawless vid & dress from vid album premiere). lol

        Kathy is very…”you’ve won a bedroom suite from my Raymore & Flanigan collection” haha! whatevs, she’s a 3-figure Millionairess that can afford to dress dated.

        and agreed, Christie Brinkley shut sh*t down based on her legs are IMPOSSIBLE!!! like who has knees like that at her age??? i’ll have DOUBLE whatever she’s having, athankyou! 😉

  6. Sarah says:

    Note to Nicole Kidman: Ask Christie Brinkley for her botox doc. That’s how you do it. She can still smile at least. And Rebecca needs a sandwich.

  7. bns says:

    Christie Brinkley is unbelievable.

  8. Shrubee says:

    Kathy Ireland looks like a brunette Ireland Baldwin. Also Ireland looks nothing like a model. Apart from the fact that she is thin, tall and Blonde. She has no presence or posture

  9. ldub says:

    LOVE your “STOLE ALL THE…” comments. esp tyras, lmao

    also, ireland looks a lot like mom in this pic but homegirl STOLE ALL THE FOUNDATION/COVER-UP. let your skin breathe hunnie.

  10. lucy2 says:

    Apparently it was mini-skirt night.
    Botoxed or not, Christie looks amazing. Is that an odd angle on Rebecca or has she lost a lot of weight? She seems very tiny here.
    Ireland is such a composite of both of her parents. She’s a pretty girl, but never seems quite right for modeling, I think.

  11. smee says:

    Wow – all bad fashion there.

    Why won’t Kate Upton hire a professional to help her get dressed?! – Looking good is what she does for a living for crying out loud! Part of the problem is that she looks best out of her clothes, but someone could dress her to accent her assets. In these pics her dress doesn’t fit and she does indeed have a uniboob.

    I was particularly surprised by how bad Rebecca R looks – her hair resembles a troll doll.

  12. lady mary. says:

    they all look alike ,AND sadly none of them look like models ,;indeed more like game show hostesses

  13. eliza says:

    If Brinkley is full of botox I’m heading for the needle stat. Tha t woman looks phenomenal for her age.

    I do not get the hype over Ireland Baldwin. She’s pretty buy not this drop dead gorgeous woman people keep fawning over.

  14. SamiHami says:

    Hmmm…Agree on the uniboob thing. It’s unfortunate; otherwise she really does look great. Rebecca Romjin’s dress is bad, but her hair is far worse. And if Christie’s looks are thanks to Botox then pass the syringe, please. She looks fantastic.

    Ireland Baldwin? No. No. No. She’s going to have to step up her game if she wants to be part of that crowd. The dress does not flatter her figure at all. I know she’s very fit, but it makes her legs look stumpy. And the hair is far too severe. She would do better to wear a dress that actually fits properly and soften her look overall. She’s trying to look older and sophisticated and it’s not working. She should embrace her youth while she has it.

  15. Sisi says:

    they all look pretty meh for models, but Christie and Kate look better than the rest.

  16. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    Tyra looks like she’s wearing a lingerie nightgown…..with a ‘come hither’ look on her face.

    Why is Ireland Baldwin there–has she actually gotten ANY modeling work? Or did her daddy pull a few strings?

    • starr says:

      YES! I was going to say the same. Tyra is absolutely wearing a lingerie nightgown. Just look at the finish of the hem and those vertical stitch lines between her boobs… not to mention the weight of the fabric looks REALLY light. This is totally lingerie.

      Also, she’s looking like Janice Dickinson here — the hair AND the crazy face.

  17. gatinha523 says:

    Oh, Heidi. Her fashion is so, so bad. Christie’s legs are AMAZING. Like, WOW. Agree re: uniboob on Kate, but love her anyway. Would love to see her get a third year in a row.

  18. Thinker says:

    I’m freaked out by how the young women look old and the older women look young. Ireland Baldwin is presenting like a 35+ cougar with her boy toy.

    Christie Brinkley, given her age, heck given any age!, looks unbelievably good. For my dollar, she wins.

    Tyra looks the worst. Followed by Heidi who looks like a flight attendant on meth.

  19. Frida_K says:

    At least Kate Upton’s stylist put her in a dress designed for her boxy midriff–the gold inserts hold the eye and make it seem like she’s not shaped like Sponge Bob Squarepants in the middle, and for her that is a good thing.

    Ireland is pretty, though not as pretty as her mother, and does not look like model material at all to me. Ah well, the joys of nepotism….

    Christie Brinkley looks amazing! So pretty, and so toned and fit too.

  20. Thunderthighs says:

    Oh, Tyra Guuuurl…. NO.
    Brinkley and Upton win for me.

  21. Tessa says:

    Kate looks the best, imo. She’s so sunny and beautiful.

  22. David99 says:

    Christie Brinkley was my Fav

  23. Mylene - Montreal says:

    Kate Upton need a new stylist i SOON of POSSIBLE !

  24. Ice Maiden says:

    These are ‘top models’? IMHO, not one of them looks good. Not one. Without exception, they all look tacky and generic.

  25. TG says:

    This is why I will never understand men I thin Kaye Upton’s had a horrible body. She looks like she is meant to be 300 lbs.

  26. Jen says:

    Kate’s boobs look ATROCIOUS in that dress. I have huge ones too, and I know that making them look flat and bulgy is the worst.

  27. Tig says:

    Christy B does look amazing- she really is a survivor. And while Kathy I may look “host-worthy” here, no one wore a bikini better. I wish Paulina P or Elle were in the line- up- they deserve to be in the SI swimsuit HOF.

    Kate Upton- she is a walking set of breasts. I saw previews of the movie she’s in with Cameron Diaz-just bad.

  28. Hausfrau says:

    Heidi truly is the worst dressed supermodel of all time. Her face is not aging well at all, she looks more and more like a skeleton each time I see her.

    I simply don’t understand why Kate Upton is so successful- she’s pretty, but just so…ordinary. What is the appeal?

    Whatever Christie Brinkley is doing, I want it. Bitch is twice my age and looks better than I ever will.

    • GIRLFACE says:

      I agree that Heidi’s dress is shameful. The golden globes were bad but that blade runner jacket dress that looks like it’s from an express in 1996 is reeeally bad.

  29. GIRLFACE says:

    Christie Brinkley! Good god! What in the honest hell is that woman doing because can she please write a detailed instruction manual and send it to me? She looks fantastic and from moderate distance her botox actually looks pretty good. Good botox is like seeing Bigfoot. Kate also looks pretty. I’m not crazy about any of the fashion here but I love Chrissy Teigen! The end.

  30. mar says:

    Christie Brinkley HANDS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. serena says:

    Wth happened to Rebecca Romijn? She had some amazing curves! and now she looks like she needs to eat more!

  32. Maggie says:

    They all look like a slightly different version of Barbie Dolls to me. So fake.

  33. emmie_a says:

    I’m not impressed. They all look sort of rough and over-tweaked.
    Kate has a cute face and a great rack but I don’t think she’s a ‘supermodel’ by any means. maybe a bikini model but that’s about it.
    Ireland wouldn’t be there if she didn’t have famous parents. She’s sort of attractive but she wouldn’t get a second glance if her last name wasn’t Baldwin.

  34. Sabah says:

    All I see are twig legs. It looks painful to be this thin!

  35. Maureen says:

    I do NOT care for Kate Upton. However, I’ll give her this: at least she’s wearing her natural skin instead of looking like some gross leathery combination of brown and orange. Can’t say the same for the other ladies!

  36. pru says:

    I’d consider having a few of those procedures myself, if I ended up looking like Brinkley.
    Also, isn’t Tiegen wearing shorts?

  37. Jessica says:

    Chrissy Tiegen said in an interview that she never wears underwear, not even when she’s on her period. I find that disgusting that she wears mini skirts and no underwear, because her vadge touches everywhere she sits. That’s just gross.

  38. Vee says:

    If I could look like any of them, I would pick Kate Upton. I just think she is absolutely gorgeous and I can see why she’s on top.

    And I think Christie Brinkley still looks amazing. And while sure she’s had work, she’s taken really good care of herself. She looks like she exercises, stays out of the sun, and eats right.

  39. mollie says:

    Christie Brinkley looks fantastic
    Kate is so pretty, but I think she looks best when dressed in things that cover her waist.
    she’s perfect as is, and I’d be thrilled to look like her, but from a photography standpoint, her waist doesn’t photo well. I think it looks best in dresses.

  40. sarah says:

    I need to google for other attendees at this event – I want to know who else was there. Of these ladies, I’d say Brinkley looks the best but most look pretty rough.

    I saw dlisted had a photo of Rachel Hunter from the event and she looked awful. Was Chrissy Teigen’s BFF Brooklyn Decker there too? Bar Rafaeli? Molly Sims? Niki Taylor? Surely someone was dressed really well…

  41. Vivian says:

    Ever since Tyra Banks rolled around the floor, handing out sample Vaseline to her talk show audience (like it was the beauty miracle of the century), I always think shes dressed/looks like a complete nutcase!

  42. Norman says:

    In Hollywood and in the fickle entertainment industry, the one thing that people fear the most is aging. Christie Brinkley looks fantastic she could play in with those much younger or half her age and still win. I also liked Rebecca Romijn, and Kate Upton.

  43. Goddess says:

    Hmm, Christie Brinkley looks the most relaxed and the most natural. Kathy Ireland looks like she took a nose dive into my hairdresser’s hairspray tub. Kate Upton has enviable boobs ( since I have none LOL), Heidi has sort of stopped impressing me for the past couple of years, Rebecca is very beautiful but a little too skinny for my taste, Tyra’s suffering from the sour lemon+smize syndrome. 🙂

    Just a little disappointed the women i find most beautiful weren’t there (elle mcphearson, claudia Schiffer, Christie Turlington, Paulina Porizkova)

  44. StaCat1 says:

    They all look pretty good to me. The post and captions were pretty UGLY though. Wow…somebody not feeling good about themselves today?