Does SI's Swimsuit Edition Illustrate The "Sexiness Of The Culture"?Margaret Hartmann2/10/09 12:00pmFiled to: Bar it allsports illustrated swimsuit editionSwimsuit editionSports IllustratedBikinisBar RefaeliDanica PatrickTyra Bankscheryl tiegsMarisa MillerTopGawker2272EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition hits stands today, and cover model Bar Refaeli is so excited about winning the coveted modeling gig, she simply cannot keep her drawers on!AdvertisementSports Illustrated group editor Terry McDonell says this photo was selected for the cover because Refaeli's hair, swimsuit, and visible freckles make this photo "natural," according to Yahoo News. He adds, "Her body is amazing and she looks intelligent." Israeli-born Refaeli, who (until now) was best known as Leonardo DiCaprio's girlfriend, said she had a special feeling about this particular shot too. "This is the one I felt the most comfortable with," said Refaeli, "I liked that the top of the suit was on."Her miniscule bikini top is technically on, though it seems like any slight movement on her part could change that. But what of the bottom? Was there really so much fabric that it needed to be rolled down so the world can see the extent of her bikini wax?AdvertisementThe "removing the bikini bottoms" shot is nothing new for the Swimsuit Edition. Tyra Banks was the first Swimsuit Edition model to put the pose on the cover in 1997. And just last year Marisa Miller looped her thumb under the string of her bikini, suggesting that though topless, she longed to be wearing even less. Throughout the new magazine, bikini bottoms are being yanked down or are almost non-existent to start with, according to Back in Skinny Jeans. As evidenced by this galllery of previous covers, the magazine has been looking more and more like Playboy over the years. McDonell explains the cover is just a reflection of the "athleticism and sexiness of the culture" at the time. The "athleticism" in the new issue is mostly supplied by Indy Car driver and GoDaddy spokeswoman Danica Patrick who once again is featured half naked in a bikini, this time draped over the hood of a car.