Franklin, TN (Vocus) February 10, 2009
According to Sports Illustrated magazine research the annual Swimsuit Issue, which former Sports Illustrated editor Andre Laguerre launched in February 1964 because of a break in sporting events, is usually seen by 66 million readers each year.
To mark this highly anticipated occasion in magazine publishing, Internet retailer Magazines.com is featuring Sports Illustrated magazine subscriptions at a significant discount off the cover price.
Not only is the Swimsuit issue one of the most anticipated magazines of the year by readers, it is also one of the most sought-after and career-making covers in the modeling world.
Israeli model Bar Refaeli won the coveted cover spot for this year's Swimsuit Issue. Tyra Banks, Rebecca Romijn, Cheryl Tiegs, Cindy Crawford and Heidi Klum are among the past Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover models that went on to mega-success.
Refaeli made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue debut in 2007 posing with rock band Aerosmith. In addition to Sports Illustrated, Refaeli has appeared in French Elle, Maxim and Italian GQ magazines.
While the issue is always popular it is 1989's cover featuring model Kathy Ireland in a white strapless bikini that remains the best-selling cover.
Magazines.com is a privately-held company based in Franklin, Tenn. Major investors in Magazines.com are Anderson Media, one of the top U.S. wholesale distributors of magazines, music, books, and videos and Time Inc., publisher of People, Sports Illustrated and Time magazines.
With more than 1,900 titles available, Magazines.com offers people a fun, easy way to discover new magazines and helps them track subscriptions. Magazines.com is the leading independent agent selling subscriptions, serving customers online at Magazines.com and by telephone at 800-MAGAZINES (800-624-2946.)