Last night on the Jimmy Kimmel show, he unveiled the real 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover (apparently the Barbie cover was just for fun?). Three barely-covered models graced the cover, Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen.
Apparently Sports Illustrated doesn’t tell anyone who landed the cover, even the models. We all find out together at the same time. According to People, Chrissy and Lily both talked about their surprise at making the cover.
What was your first reaction when you heard you were on the cover?
Chrissy: I started crying. But it was a weird shaking, trembling because … I didn’t believe it. Maybe because it’s airing on Kimmel and he likes to prank people. I was like, ‘This is the meanest prank of all time.’
Lily: I was so excited when I got the call to do Sports Illustrated, and then …. I was shooting in the Cook Islands with these incredible girls. I felt so lucky that I got the best shoot … it was the perfect introduction to Sports Illustrated. And then to get the cover! It’s so crazy and such an honor.
Are you excited about sharing the cover? Does it make it more special?
Chrissy: It does feel extra special. I’m just really excited to get to run around with them for the next month or whatever. People say that and don’t mean it but I really love them … We’re literally tied together forever because of this. I hope you know that.
Lily: You’re stuck with me.
Who did you call first and how did they react?
Lily: We both called our husbands.
Chrissy: Before I left, John [Legend] said,’‘Don’t trick me. Don’t say, Babe, I didn’t get it and [then say] I got it! Just be happy and just say it!’ So I just called him, and through tears, [said] ‘I got it.’ And that was it.
Lily: My husband [rocker Caleb Followill] is very proud. He’s very excited. I don’t think there is a man in the world that wouldn’t be super-stoked their wife ends up as the Sports Illustrated cover model.
You can pick up your issue next week. Apparently there’s an interesting zero-gravity shot at Kate Upton’s boobs.