February 21, 2014 9:55 am

One February Day in 1964, Sports Illustrated unveiled its first-ever swimsuit issue. Ever since, men and women alike make the annual dash for the newsstand to see the latest beach styles, dreaming of warmer months to come. Ford Image’s Emily joins this heritage for the 50th Anniversary of the special issue in a shoot that commemorates the most popular suits of issues past. Shot on location in St. Lucia, what appears to be an iconic bikini from Susan Holmes’ 2007 collection is in fact body paint by longtime SI collaborator Joanne Gair. Emily’s tanned skin and striking features are perfect for shores from Polynesia to Greece, and will no doubt be worth commemorating another 50 years from now.

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    Model: Emily Ratajkowski [Ford Image]
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    Model: Emily Ratajkowski [Ford Image]
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    Model: Emily Ratajkowski [Ford Image]
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    Model: Emily Ratajkowski [Ford Image]

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