Irina Shayk soaks up the sun on the beaches of Maui as the cover model for the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Shayk is the first Russian cover model and joins an elite group of Swimsuit models to grace the cover, one that includes Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Heidi Klum, Elle MacPherson, Tyra Banks, Petra Nemcova, Marisa Miller and Brooklyn Decker.
Model Brooklyn Decker landed the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover last year.
The 22-year-old wife of tennis star Andy Roddick said being chosen for the front was "the news of a lifetime."
The cover photo of Decker smiling in a yellow bikini is a departure from the more sultry look that SI had gone for the past few years, she said. She compared it to covers from the 1980s or '90s, when Elle Macpherson won her covers with a friendly, sun-loving look.
Click on for the last decade of covers, which we've organized with a handy little rhyme!
In 2009, Bar Rafaeli was quite fine.
In 2008, Marisa Miller sure was great!
In 2007, Beyonce put us in heaven.
In 2006, the beach party was pure bliss.
In 2005, SI kept hope alive.
In 2004, the SI hall of of fame had us wanting more.
In 2003, Petra Nemcova brought smiles and glee. Yes, glee.
In 2002, Yamila didn't make us blue. (Sorry that was a tough rhyme for some reason.)
In 2001, Elsa Benitez was tons of fun.
In 2-triple zero, Danila was our hero.
BONUS COVER! In 1999, Rebecca in chains was super fine.
David Letterman introduced the cover on 'The Late Show,' and the winning model is...