Model Adaora poses with the Namibian flag in Deadvlei
Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition is a highly anticipated publication. Featuring a winning combination of exotic locations and models in swimwear, it reaches more than 70 million people annually.
This year’s 50th anniversary edition highlights seven continents and 17 wonders.
Namibia was chosen as the African destination, and in June 2012, three supermodels and a top fashion photographer shot on location at Sossusvlei, the NamibRand Nature reserve, along Namibia’s dramatic coastline and at the mysterious ghost town of Kolmanskop.
Behind the scenes video about the photo shoots
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Those lucky enough to participate in the shoot had one word to say about the pictures taken, “Amazing!” (It is unclear if they were referring to the models, the landscape or perhaps, both).
This year, the Swimsuit Edition will also be offered on four digital platforms, including a tablet edition and iPhone app with 360 degree views of body-painted athletes. Travel Channel will premiere “Sports Illustrated: The Making of Swimsuit ’13 - 7 Continents, 17 Wonders” on Sunday, February 17 at 8:00pm Eastern Time (GMT -5).