The 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is going gold!
The gymnasts (both members of the gold-medal “Final Five” team at the Rio Olympics) were photographed by SI Swimsuit photographer James Macari in Houston at the World Champions Center, the North Houston Skate Park and the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. (Both Raisman, 22, and Biles, 19, train in the Houston area.)
For more on the two Olympians and a first look at their SI Swimsuit debut and photo shoot in Houston, check out the announcement on SI’s Swim Daily. And make sure to check Swim Daily often and follow SI Swimsuit, as the countdown to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 has officially begun! More exciting announcements are sure to come—like this news that Rose Bertram is back this year— in the days leading up to the full debut of this year’s issue and VIBES festival next month.
The special issue will be celebrated at the first-ever ‘VIBES’ by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in Houston Feb. 17 and 18. The two-day culture, music and food fest will feature performances by Diplo and Miguel, and food curated by famous Houston chef Chris Shepherd. Models of the SI Swimsuit class of 2017 will be in attendance.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the SI Swimsuit experience to America’s fourth-largest city less than two weeks after the Super Bowl, the biggest event in sports, takes place in Houston,” said MJ Day, SI Swimsuit editor, in a press release. “This year’s ‘VIBES’ event will be an all-new and expanded experience, offering fans a cultural festival that spotlights not only the amazing stars of the iconic Swimsuit franchise, but the best in food, music and more.”