The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is one of the most popular magazines of the year. Sports Illustrated, which is best known for its in-depth reports about the nation's most popular sports, annually releases an issue of the hottest bikini models wearing next to nothing. Fans of the magazine have spoken loud and clear. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is part of the fabric of American life for its extravagant display of hot, nearly naked bikini models.

Over the years, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has hosted some of the most beautiful models in the world. Now, after 49 years of success, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has become a staple of the publishing industry. There are innumerable iconic cover photos from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue that feature extremely hot, extremely sexy, almost naked women. Among the many great supermodels that have been featured on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover include Kate Upton, Brooklyn Decker, Bar Refaeli, Rebecca Romijn and Heidi Klum.

Most recently, Kate Upton was featured on the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue where she wore nothing except for a white parka and white bikini bottoms. Kate Upton's bosoms are front and center on the shoot. She's nearly topless in the photo shoot. She's in a coat with fur trim along the hood. There are very few details on the coat beside the fur. The white coat is accented with black cuffs and a black interior.

Prior to Kate Upton's dominance, there were a few years that featured supermodels that eventually became very famous Victoria's Secret supermodels. Among the many hotties were Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum. Following their success, the magazine elected to feature European based sensations such as Daniela Pestova and Elsa Benitez.

In honor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, we've compiled a list of the five hottest cover photos of all time. Without further adieu, here are the hot, sexy photos and videos of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue bikini models.