MUCH LIKE our president, we are all about transparency here at SI and SwimDaily. Even though we try to bring you the good, the bad, and the ugly, it often ends up more like "the OMFG, the other worldly and the hot." But I've been in a tug-of-war with the powers that be here, begging them to let me publish some of the strangest images from our archives that never even got close to making it in. Long story short—I won! So I'm really excited to bring you my pet project of the month: a brief glimpse into some of the decision making that goes on here at SI Swimsuit.
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Test shot of 1964 model runner-up Deborah Fields
Marge and Dick Feiner were the willing models for our brief—VERY brief—flirtation with an Age Issue (well, three pages sponsored by Centrum), à la Vogue
Floridian Ruth Alpern: 1940s pinup, 2014 supercougar
It was the 90s . . .
Talking about this one hurts my heart
The inspiration for the Kate Upton Sports Illustrated banner shot in Antarctica
Yes, these last three are jokes because duh, April Fools
Dov Charney's Hipsters of America shoot was cut when it actually tested "Too Irritating"
This was going to be an insert sponsored by Pea in the Pod, but again: didn't test well
Walter Iooss shot the cast of Spring Breakers in Islamorada, Fla. for the film's March 2013 release; deemed too trashy by SI brass; tested VERY well in focus group
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