02/04/2014 03:28 EST | Updated 02/19/2014 10:59 EST

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Covers: Most Iconic Editions In The Past 50 Years (PHOTOS)

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.

Iconic Sports Illustrated Covers