See 50 Years of Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Issues in One Sexy Gif

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Kate, Christie, Tyra, and more. 

In just a few short weeks, Sports Illustrated will unveil the cover of its 50th Swimsuit Issue. The last five decades have featured some the world's most gorgeous women in the sexiest suits.

Everyone has a favorite SI cover and there are a lot of greats to commemorate. Like Tyra Banks' solo cover in 1997, making her the first African American cover model. Elle Macpherson offers you a record five covers to choose from ('86-'88, '94, '06). Beyoncé was on the cover in 2007. And last year's cover model, Kate Upton, was featured on her second consecutive cover with no swimsuit top at all. 

In honor of the milestone year, NBC will air Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful, hosted by cover model Heidi Klum, on February 3rd. An announcement on the new cover is expected to be made on the show or shortly after. 

Check out the fascinating evolution of Swimsuit Issue covers from 1964 to today in this gif.