Swimsuit Launch Week Diary Day 2: New York City --> Nashville

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Day 2 of Swimsuit Launch Week began much like the previous day -- with a bunch of models hanging out in a tent. The ending, however, was much different. In a span of 12 hours, the girls went from tent to red carpet to party to airport to private plane and finally to Nashville. It was a crazy day. Don't believe me? Check out the photos (and, of course, don't forget to check out all the actual 2015 swimsuit pics on SI.com). 

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The tent opened at 11 a.m. and within 15 minutes, it was near capacity. Erin Heatherton found herself right in the middle of the action.

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Gigi Hadid meets her fans. The #GiForce was well represented at Tent City. I asked Gigi in the early afternoon how many selfies she's taken with fans so far. She estimated about 300. 

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Nina Agdal and Samantha Hoopes strike a pose. I told Nina I wanted to shoot a short video and she was kind enough to do a little dance.

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This is Derrick. Or maybe Derek. I forgot to ask him the correct spelling. Derrick/Derek was minding his own business walking down 6th Avenue when we (SwimDaily ace Kelsey and I) stopped him and asked if he wanted to get his face shaved by a Swimsuit model. We decided a couple days ago to find a random passerby who needed a shave, bring him to the Schick booth and let Chanel do her thing. Derrick/Derek was that passerby. Lucky guy.

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Chrissy Teigen photobombs an otherwise lovely photo of Nina and Swimsuit Editor MJ Day. 

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Jessica Gomes and Rose Bertram take a selfie.

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Ace photographer Sara Sampaio take a shot of Jess Gomes, Emily Ratajkowski and Irina Shayk.

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Hannah Ferguson looks lovely as ever. There were about 200 people around her but you could never tell. 

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Erin talks to a fan at the autograph table. Speaking of Erin, don't forget to vote for the 2015 Rookie of the Year.

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Sara has her game face on during a heated Connect Four battle. Then she saw my camera and struck a pose.

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Rose and Chanel catch their breath between autograph sessions.

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Ashley Smith meets a fan. I think they look like a good couple but Ashley insists she's not looking for anything serious right now.

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How many SI Swimsuit cover models can fit on one couch? In this case, four (Chrissy, Nina, Hannah, Lily).

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Samantha and Gigi strike a pose.

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First-year model Kelly Rohrbach is very popular among fans.

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Kate Bock and Emily Ratajkowski chat inside the tent. Kate makes great faces.

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After the tents closed, the models went into prep mode (hair/makeup) for the launch party at Marquee. Here are some shots from the red carpet.

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Marquee was rather dark and not really conducive to photos. Here's my view (from the very back of the room) of the models being introduced on stage.

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At 9:30, the models left Marquee and boarded a shuttle to Newark Airport. Here's an action shot of Nina, Solveig, Sam and Lily getting off the bus.

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Rose, Lily and Hannah arrive in Newark.

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Hannah and Gigi arrive at the airport in Newark. Forgive them. It's been a long day.

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Rose is excited about her chicken on a skewer.

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At this point, everyone was a little delirious, which is the perfect time for a photo of Rose, Chanel, Sara and Chrissy. 

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By 10:30, it was time to board the plane. As luck would have it, Genevieve Morton was sitting in the first seat and ready for a photo. 

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I could not be more jealous of Erin and her big plate of skewers. 

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Ariel and Hannah are ready for takeoff.

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After midnight (central time), the plane landed, everyone stumbled to the shuttle bus and to the hotel. Everyone was a zombie at this point and ready for bed. I'll be back tomorrow with the Day 3 wrap-up. Until then...