2016 SI Swimsuit issue cover model to be unveiled in TNT special

Jeff Pfeiffer

Premiering during its coverage of NBA All-Star Weekend, TNT’s special Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed is billed as a “first-of-its-kind broadcast,” culminating with the unveiling of he 2016 SI Swimsuit issue cover model.

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Nick Cannon and Rebecca Romijn lead the festivities, which celebrate the women featured in the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, including Nina Agdal, Irina Shayk, Chrissy Teigen, Gigi Hadid, Emily DiDonato, Erin Heatheron, Chanel Iman and more.

As part of the special, model/entrepreneur Elle Macpherson, who has appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue a record five times, will be honored with the Jule Campbell Award in recognition of her iconic modeling career and business acumen. Chrissy Teigen will present the award to Macpherson. The award is named for Jule Campbell, the Sports Illustrated editor who led the Swimsuit edition for over 30 years.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed will feature performances from NE-YO, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, who will perform the single “Higher Place” for the first time on television. In addition, the special will introduce the final six contestants in Sports Illustrated’s nationwide search for the next SI Swimsuit model. Viewers at home will be able to vote for their favorites, ensuring one lucky woman’s spot in the 2017 edition.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed airs Feb. 13 at 10:30pm ET on TNT, following the network’s coverage of NBA All-Star Saturday Night.