The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue has been a launching pad for top models the world over from Tyra Banks, Kate Upton and Brooklyn Decker.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the annual edition is pulling out all the stops with a TV special and even a coffee table book to commemorate the special issue.

So, while we wait for the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue to come out (any guesses on who the cover girl will be? Kate Upton for a third time, maybe?) we take a look back at the most iconic covers.

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  • Kate Upton, 2013

  • Kate Upton, 2012

  • Bar Refaeli, 2009

  • Marisa Miller, 2008

  • Beyonce, 2007

  • Veronica Varekova, Elle Macpherson & Co, 2006

  • Carolyn Murphy, 2005

  • Petra Nemcova, 2003

  • Yamila Diaz-Rahi, 2002

  • Daniela Pestova, 2000

  • Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, 1999

  • Heidi Klum, 1998

  • Tyra Banks, 1997

  • Tyra Banks, 1996

  • Daniela, 1995

  • Kathy Ireland, Elle Macpherson, Rachel Hunter, 1994

  • Vendela, 1993

  • Kathy Ireland, 1992

  • Ashley Montana, 1991

  • Kathy Ireland, 1989

  • Elle Macpherson, 1988

  • Elle Macpherson, 1987

  • Elle Macpherson, 1986

  • Paulina Porizkova, 1985

  • Paulina Porizkova, 1984

  • Christie Brinkley, 1981

  • Maria Joao, 1978

  • Cheryl Tiegs, 1975

  • Dayle Haddon, 1973

  • Cheryl Tiegs, 1970

  • Lynn Tindall, 1967

  • Sue Peterson, 1965

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