These Caribbean Islands Provided The Backdrop For Sports Illustrated 2017


Veteran model Christie Brinkley who graces the cover of SI 2017, with two other models in the SI Shoot in the Turks & Caicos Islands. (Photo Credit: Emmanuelle Hauguel/SI)

By NAN Travel Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Feb. 16, 2017: The beaches of three exotic Caribbean islands set the stage this year for the highly anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 edition, which hit newsstands and the web on Wednesday, Feb. 15th.

Models for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 were shot on the picturesque beaches, of Curaçao, Anguilla and the Turks & Caicos Islands.


Body Painted model McKenna Berkley shooting in Anguilla.
(Photo Credit: Clough, Josephine/SI)

Top models Vita Sidorkina, Rose Bertram, Samantha Hoopes, Barbara Palvin and Myla Dalbesio were part of the 2017 shoot in Curaçao. They along the crew stayed at the historic Avila Beach Hotel, where the Dutch royal family stays when on Curaçao, for the two-week shoot which was photographed by veteran photographer, Ben Watts.

SI returned to Curacao after the 30-year absence.


SI model Samantha Hoopes shooting in Curacao. (Photo Credit: Ben Watts/SI)

“Swimsuit hasn’t been to Curaçao in over 30 years!” says MJ Day, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Assistant Managing Editor.  “Its unique characteristics like the beautiful brightly colored houses in downtown Willemstad set it apart from every other island in the Caribbean. The location really worked for our photographer, Ben Watts, as he loves to shoot in really colorful and vibrant environments…it was a match made in heaven.”

In Anguilla, the SI crew and models stayed at The Reef by CuisinArt, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which marries Caribbean luxury with an urban flair.

In the Turks & Caicos, SI shot on Parrot Cay, a 1,000‑acre private island that is a 35-minute boat ride from the main island and stayed at Como Parrot Cay, which offers a Shambhala retreat program featuring yoga, Pilates and meditation and a cuisine mix of raw and cooked ingredients.

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 photos shot in the three islands available online at and Swim Daily.


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