AS MUCH as we're loath to admit, no, we did not invent body painting. (We are pretty sure we mastered it though.) Nor is SI Swimsuit the only place you can witness the ingenious of SI's resident body painter Joanne Gair. Joanne, who was born in New Zealand, is first and foremost a makeup artist (she was Madonna's personal makeup artist on her Blonde Ambitiontour in 1990), and has done loads of body painting for various magazine covers and ad campaigns.
In fact, while Rebecca Romijn was one of the lucky models to appear in SI Swim's first body paint shoot, it wasn't the first time the model and the artist teamed up. Rather, it was Gair who turned this 1997 GQ cover:
into this decidedly less newsstand-friendly/more newsstand-sales friendly, one:
The Perfect Drug (Nine Inch Nails) (for which she won "Best Makeup" at the '97 Music Video Production Awards)