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The Swimsuit Issue

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by DanOregon, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Has the annual SI Swimsuit issue jumped the shark? I don't mind the special issue, but it just seems to be much ado about not much. To quote Bachelor Party, I don't like my filth to be this clean.
    I've seen enough of the body painting, athletes wives, athletes and models striking cliched poses or the way its been expanded in the last 10 years has just resulted in overkill.
    Sure it's a big advertising boon for the mag, but as they've drifted away from using SI staff photographers (Walter Iooss et. al) it just doesn't seem to be that unique any more.
  2. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    Unique, schmunique ... It's soft-core porn. Does it have to be different or artistic to sell?
  3. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Back when I was 14 or 15, and I could smuggle the SI into my bedroom for a little ... ahem ... quality time, it was a big deal. Elle MacPherson's wet T-shirts were the stuff of legend. Kitten deaths in Central New Jersey spiked in the early 90s. Stock prices of Charmin soared. Hell, I probably caused global warming because of all the trees that had to be cut down to make more toilet paper.
    But now that I have a wife and am old enough to buy my own real porn, it's just another "ho-hum," issue. Doesn't help that the number of wet T-shirts has drastically declined. Body painting doesn't hold a candle to a nice wet T-shirt or see-through bathing suit.
    It also doesn't help that culture has coarsened. Kids these days can see the same stuff in the swimsuit issue by wandering the halls of their high school.
  4. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Given 2girls1cup was an Internet hit and you can find beastiality and bukkake videos via Google, yes soft-core does have to be different AND artistic to draw attention.
  5. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    DEAR GOD NO!!! Let's not turn this into a discussion about 2girls1cup.
  6. John

    John Well-Known Member

    I'd rather look at Brooklyn Decker in a swimsuit than see any other woman naked. Though seeing Decker naked would be ideal.
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I haven't read the swimsuit issue cover to cover in years. I glance to see the famous and near famous and that's it... sorry, but the issue peaked at Cheryl Tiegs and the white mesh
  8. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    I did this same thread either last year or the year before. My conclusion: Irrelevant. When porn is so easily obtained on the internet, the SI swimsuit issue arrives with no cachet at all. Unless, of course, you were actually into it for the swimsuits and the exotic locales. Which you weren't.

    Addition, FWIW: I spent more time looking at the handful of photos of Kate Beckinsale in the Esquire I got in the mail three days ago than I did the entire swimsuit issue that arrived yesterday.
  9. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    damn you Dan! I was going to start a thread like this.

    good to know I wasn't the only one wondering if the SI swimsuit issue is completely irrelevant in a Maxim world. Difficult to make one issue a year stand out when the newsstands are full of laddy mags (even with the demise of FHM and Stuff). After 40-odd years, it's all been done. Plus, as Batman points out, you can see far filthier stuff by just walking outside.
  10. John

    John Well-Known Member

    I don't know if I'm delusional or not, but I find the SI women far more attractive and far less Photoshopped than those in Maxim or other mags. Then again, I haven't seen a Maxim in about three years.
  11. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    But there hasn't been a model to break out big from an SI gig since Tyra Banks. Where have you gone Kathy Ireland, Elle, Christie Brinkley etc. I guess what I'm trying to say is the models they use now look too much like models, imho.
  12. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    Many of the models look the same these days.

    Forever gone are the days, not so long ago, when transcendent specimens of womanhood such as Laetitia Casta, Rachel Hunter and Yamila Diaz-Rahl graced the swimsuit issue. Though her TV shows are cringe-worthy, I'd also put Tyra Banks in that category too.

    I guess I'll just start giving the swimsuit issues to my (12-year-old) nephew.
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