You probably already know that a featured location for this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition is our own "Jersey Shore". And its not any Swimsuit issue... it's the 50th anniversary issue!
What I haven't seen mentioned, is that on the SI.com website, is a 3 and a 1/2 minute "behind the scenes" video of the the photo shoots as they took place up and down the Jersey Shore. Cape May features prominently in the video, which also includes Wildwood, Island State Park, Seaside Heights and other locations. The video makes for an awesome promotion for the Jersey beaches, as it full of great quotes from women who really know beautiful beaches!
The SI.com Swim Daily site lists several Swimsuit Edition staffers as Jersey natives, and 2012's Sandy Hurricane devastation was a key reason for bringing the beautiful models to the Jersey Beaches.
But according to an article in the Star-Ledger, it was Top Editor MJ Day who brought Sports Illustrated to the New Jersey beaches.
And its not just about the photos and models, as mixed in to the amazing model photos and videos, are many mentions of the hurricane, and how well New Jersey has bounced back from it.
Honestly, if New Jersey couldn't have hired someone to make a better "come back to the Jersey shore" campaign.
A few model and editor quotes.
"We're here in Cape May, and its honestly one of the most charming little towns I've ever been to in my life"
"the people are nice, the beaches are clean... I love it".
"The sand is so white, so clean, everything is so beautiful"
"We should also bring awareness to how beautiful the Jersey shore still is, after a disaster like that"
"It was definately a surprise to see how beautiful the beaches were here"
- Swimsuit Edition "Jersey Strong" video page.
- Hannah Davis Jersey Shore photos
- Hanna Videos (also featuring the NJ shore): Intimates, Bio
- Gigi Hadid Pics
- Gidi Videos: Intimates, Profile
- Sara Sampaio Pics
- Sara Videos: Intimates, Profiles
- Sara and Gigi Double Video
This was a tough writing assignment, researching and finding out all the above links just to make things easy for you, the readers. Its all about the promotion of something we all love... The Jersey Shore!
It's been one heck of a winter here in the Northeast and hopefully this video reminds you of what is coming just a few short months from now!
Thank you MJ Day and the entire Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition staff!
The Swimsuit edition is available now in stores, as well as mobile device apps.
If you are wondering where Meandering Mark has been, well the Matthews family has been very busy these last few months with a big change taking place, which I will write about over the weekend. I also have been working on a new project. Something I started working on when I thought Cleary's Notebook was going away, and now that it's not I will post here when time allows, and... well more details to come soon.