Sports Illustrated has released their annual Swimsuit Issue and it’s just as stunning as one would anticipate. In fact, the publication is even calling the 2016 edition their sexiest issue to date — and we can see why. The issue made a splash, featuring three separate covers (each model representing a different body type) in addition to several, sultry pictures taken in exotic locations from Bora Bora to Turks and Caicos.
But as glamorous as the photos within the glossy magazine may appear, the women who posed for the 52nd issue dished to International Business Times that their Sports Illustrated photo shoots were anything but sexy! During Swim City, a two-day fan event that celebrates the iconic franchise, the girls confessed some of their most memorable mishaps from behind-the-scenes of the 2016 swimsuit edition.
Emily DiDonato, who made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit debut in 2013, revealed that taking an effortless photo requires more effort than one would imagine — especially while battling against the surf.
“I got nailed by a couple of waves,” the 24-year-old New York native said, adding that she was “plowed” over a few times during her shoot.
But unlike DiDonato, Rose Bertram, a second-time Sports Illustrated model, explained that the lack of waves was her biggest downfall. The 21-year-old Belgian beauty revealed that while she was in the calm and clear water with the crew, she had the urge to use the bathroom.
“I had to pee so [badly] and there were no restrooms. So they told me to pee in the water while everyone was around me,” she told IBT. “It was pretty funny because you could see it [in the water].”
Nina Agdal noted that she too had an unsettling event take place in the water while shooting with a bale of turtles. The “Don Jon” actress, who graced the 2014 cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, stated that when she first learned she was set to strike a pose with the oceanic animals she was “super excited.” But her demeanor changed entirely once the 23-year-old model got in the water…
“[The crew] would throw lettuce to one side of the lake and then the other. Then I got in the middle and they would throw lettuce on me,” she said with a laugh. “All the turtles would come over and they would start eating my hair, my fingers and toes. I started crying. I thought it was going to be so great.”
Agdal said that she mustered up the courage to take about 10 photos before swimming away from the toe-nibbling creatures. “I mean, the picture came out great so it was worth it — but terrifying.”
Turtles weren’t the only critters wreaking havoc on set. Sports Illustrated model Barbara Palvin, 22, told IBT that there was a frightening moment during her shoot when she thought a bee landed on her swimsuit. The rookie froze in terror, fearing that she might get stung. But as it turned out, the only “bee” on her bikini top was the first initial of her name.
“It was actually my name Barbara and [the photographer] meant the ‘B’ of my name!”
DiDonato revealed that fans can catch some of their hilarious set moments online. Check out the silly behind-the-scenes video below and make sure to pick up a copy of the 2016 edition of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which is on stands now.