The Sports Illustrated 2012 Swimsuit Edition is out but the buzz about it is just beginning. This year’s magazine was shot in the lovely Seychelles, Panama, Zambia, Australia, and our own Gulf Coast. Our favorite out of the bunch…Seychelles! Looks amazing, and we’re sure we could find some perfect suits to match the luscious scenery. Two thousand twelve’s edition has brought the hottest suits to the forefront and we’re glad to present our top picks from the entire spread to you.  Check out these swimsuits featured online and among the pages of Sports Illustrated’s 2012 Swimsuit Edition.

We were ecstatic to find out that our favorite pick was chosen as the cover model, the feminine Kate Upton. This year’s cover girl was featured in too many suits to count but a few were standout bests for us. Kate’s online set features her looking brilliantly cute in a sexy striped bikini with lace, the Born With Stripes by Beach Bunny Swimwear. This hot blue and white number has a boudoir feeling and is better than lingerie because you can wear it to the beach. This suit featuring moderate coverage at the rear is a sure fire hit with all ladies. We love Kate’s spread with this suit showing her sweet side with a seashell.

This next pick is already extremely popular and has been a coveted style among multiple editors and bloggers. The Audrey Citrus Halter by L*Space adds a spunk of fun with cascading fringe. Twist, turn, and jump with this fun top in the poppy citrus color. The construction of the fringe detailing helps elongate your torso and creates an appealing silhouette. SI model Anne V showed off how fun the fringe can by in Desroches Island, Seychelles by some beautifully crystal clear water.

Featured online and in the pages of the magazine, model Kirby was photographed with the bright Bendito Bombay Bikini by Agua Bendita Swimwear. This sexy triangle top two piece features a string bottom and bright, bold colors.  The vibrant colors simply pop in the picture with Kirby and there’s a perfect rainbow to match.  Photographed in Zambia, this zesty suit features intricate detailing including ruffle edges and a strip of purple fringe at the rear’s waistline.  This suit is begging to be worn to the next party.

We’re in love with all of the scenery from this year’s Sports Illustrated shoots, and even more in love with these top picks for swimsuit styles. This issue certainly did not disappoint and the sexy factor is amped up in this spread. Be sure to check back for part 2 of our top picks from this year’s spread.

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