It's official! Hannah Davis scores the cover of the 2015 SI Swimsuit Issue


All cover speculation can grind to a halt: the SI Swimsuit 2015 cover, starring one Hannah Davis, is here!

Hannah Davis on the cover of the 2015 SI Swimsuit Issue (click for full size)

Hannah Davis on the cover of the 2015 SI Swimsuit Issue (click for full size)

The cover shot, taken by Ben Watts at Tennessee's idyllic Blackberry Farm, marks Hannah's third (and, we tend to think, best) appearance in the issue and was revealed Wednesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

"I didn't think it could get better than Hannah's Jersey Shore shoot last year," says SI Assistant Managing Editor MJ Day, "but this year everything clicked. It was perfection."

Believe it, though, when we say that no

one was more surprised by the results than the 24-year-old model herself, who learned of the news Tuesday afternoon through a prank made possible by SI Now (video above).

VIDEO: Hannah on Fallon

"I gave her a hug and the only words she could get out were, 'Are you sure? Is it definitely printed already?'" says MJ.

"I told my mom there was no way I'd get the cover," a stunned Hannah admitted (after calling her mother and taking it all back). "I told her 'They do beaches for covers and I'm on a farm. There's no way. It's not possible.'"

GALLERY: Hannah gets the news of a lifetime (FULL SIZE)

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Maggie Gray and Hannah Davis

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Hannah Davis

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Hannah Davis

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Team SI Swimsuit

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Hannah and her agent Josh Otten

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MJ Day and Hannah Davis

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Hannah Davis and Team Swimsuit

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Hannah Davis

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MJ Day and Hannah Davis

But MJ set Hannah straight with a glimpse into the hush-hush decision-making process: "There's no person, there's no place. The best photo wins. Period."

This magic moment (click for full size)

This magic moment (click for full size)

For her part, Hannah not only harbored zero expectations for the cover, but says she would have been perfectly happy either way.

"I've always enjoyed the whole Swimsuit experience, and said that anything extra—a little square on the cover or anything like that—was a bonus. But still, this was my dream."

It's a dream we are more than happy to help make come true. Congratulations, Hannah Davis, SI Swimsuit cover model!

The 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hits newsstands this Monday, Feb. 9, with the new website launching 11 a.m. ET. Launch Week festivities continue all next week in New York City and Nashville with our first-ever SI Swimsuit Fan Festival; go here to see a schedule of the events.

GALLERY: SI'S SWIMSUIT COVERS OVER THE YEARS

Hannah Davis

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2015

Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen

SI Swimsuit 2014 cover

2014

Kate Upton

Kate Upton

2013

Kate Upton

Kate Upton

2012

Irina Shayk

Irina Shayk

2011

Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn Decker

2010

Bar Refaeli

Bar Refaeli

2009

Marisa Miller

 Marisa Miller

2008

Beyoncé

Beyoncé

2007

Veronica Varekova, Elle Macpherson, Rebecca Romijn, Rachel Hunter, Daniela Pestova, Elsa Benítez, Carolyn Murphy, and Yamila Diaz-Rahi

Veronica Varekova, Elle Macpherson, Rebecca Romijn, Rachel Hunter, Daniela Pestova, Elsa Benítez, Carolyn Murphy, and Yamila Diaz-Rahi

2006

Carolyn Murphy

Carolyn Murphy

2005

Veronica Varekova

 Veronica Varekova

2004

Petra Nemcova

Petra Nemcova

2003

Yamilla Diaz-Rahi

Yamilla Diaz-Rahi

2002

Elsa Benítez

 Elsa Benítez

2001

Daniela Pestova

 Daniela Pestova

2000

Rebecca Romijn-Stamos

Rebecca Romijn-Stamos

1999

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum

1998

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks

1997

Valeria Mazza and Tyra Banks

Valeria Mazza and Tyra Banks

1996

Daniela Pestova

Daniela Pestova

1995

Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson, and Rachel Hunter

 Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson, and Rachel Hunter

1994

Vendela Kirsebom

Vendela Kirsebom

1993

Kathy Ireland

 Kathy Ireland

1992

Ashley Montana

Ashley Montana

1991

Judit Mascó

Judit Mascó

1990

Kathy Ireland

 Kathy Ireland

1989

Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson

1988

Elle Macpherson

 Elle Macpherson

1987

Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson

1986

Paulina Porizkova

Paulina Porizkova

1985

Paulina Porizkova

Paulina Porizkova

1984

Cheryl Tiegs

Cheryl Tiegs

1983

Carol Alt

Carol Alt

1982

Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley

1981

Christie Brinkley

 Christie Brinkley

1980

Christie Brinkley

 Christie Brinkley

1979

Maria João

Maria João

1978

Lena Kansbod

Lena Kansbod

1977

Yvette and Yvonne Sylvander

 Yvette and Yvonne Sylvander

1976

Cheryl Tiegs

Cheryl Tiegs

1975

Ann Simonton

 Ann Simonton

1974

Dayle Haddon

Dayle Haddon

1973

Sheila Roscoe

Sheila Roscoe

1972

Tannia Rubiano

 Tannia Rubiano

1971

Cheryl Tiegs

Cheryl Tiegs

1970

Jamee Becker

Jamee Becker

1969

Turia Mau

Turia Mau

1968

Marilyn Tindall

Marilyn Tindall

1967

Sunny Bippus

Sunny Bippus

1966

Sue Peterson

Sue Peterson

1965

Babette March

Babette March

1964


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