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Sports Illustrated puts three women on 50th anniversary swimsuit issue cover

Updated: 2014-02-15T04:46:52Z

By LISA GUTIERREZ

The Kansas City Star

It’s a dream team all over again. Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 50th anniversary swimsuit edition. And something very critical is missing.

Their tops.

The three were photographed together on a beach in the Cook Islands near New Zealand and learned Thursday afternoon that they had won the coveted cover shot. It was unveiled with much fanfare Thursday night on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

They are the first trio to appear on the cover since 1994’s “Dream Team” of Kathy Ireland, Elle MacPherson and Rachel Hunter.

Teigen, who is married to singer John Legend, has been a regular in the swimsuit issue since her “rookie of the year” debut in 2010. Agdal appeared for the first time two years later, also as “rookie of the year.”

This is the first time in the magazine for Aldridge, a Victoria’s Secret Angel, the first rookie to land on the cover since Heidi Klum in 1998.

The issue hits newsstands on Feb. 18.

Watch the moment the women first saw the cover in the video below.

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