Over the years, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models have been great motivators in so many ways, whether it is by encouraging people to live a healthy lifestyle by sharing their own fitness secrets, speaking about their philanthropies they support or helping women everywhere know their self-worth. They’ve also shown off some incredible swimsuits, lending additional inspiration when it comes to shopping for our own summer beach looks.
Bikinis have been the go-to when it comes to head-turning swimwear, but recently one-piece suits have shown they can be just as appealing while still being a more practical choice. Cut-outs, deep plunges or looks with a super high-cut have made a comeback and more designers are adding all new styles that flatter a more inclusive group of women.
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Keep scrolling to see some of our own favorite one-piece moments from past cover models with Tyra Banks, Kate Bock, Ashley Graham and more of our stars. They are sure to have you rethinking your own beachwear.
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An embellished bathing suit can elevate any beach look. Banks proved this in her 2019 shoot in Great Exuma, Bahamas, when she wore a Norma Kamali black one-piece with silver studs. Shop this style with the Stud Marissa Swimsuit by Norma Kamali ($575).
Kostek showed off her wild side in Monica Hansen Beachwear during her 2019 shoot on Kangaroo Island. A strapless suit is optimal to avoid tan lines for those summer looks. Shop this look with the Bardot leopard-print one piece ($185).
Posing in the Caribbean in 2018, Bock never looked so good. The barely-there swimsuit by Cat Thordarson’s milkbaby ensured limited tan lines.
Even though you run the risk of having quite the tan lines in a suit like the Cravings author wore for her 2014 SI cover shoot in the Cook Islands, it is definitely back to being a trend of the moment. If you’re looking for your own sizzling one-piece black swimsuit, Revolve has some amazing options this season.
Why not let everyone on the beach know your name! Ashley Graham made a statement in her Bruna Malcuelli suit during her 2016 shoot in Turks & Caicos. Find out how you create your own bespoke one-piece Bruna Malcuelli swimsuit.
The Gnash Swim red-and-white striped suit that Clauson wore in 2016 on the beaches of Turks & Caicos caused spectators to say “There’s Hailey instead of Where’s Waldo!” Check Gnash Swim for more striped and one piece swimsuits.
A sorbet-colored one-piece like the Sports Illustrated-logo suit Herrington wore in the Bahamas in 2018 rings out the blue water in any setting.
The three-time cover star’s suit looked like it was painted on with its watercolor design. Graphics are always a fun way to show off your style while in the sun.