What are some examples of Sports Illustrated body painting?


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The Sports Illustrated 2015 Swimsuit Edition is one example of Sports Illustrated body painting. The issue features four models in body-painted bathing suits: Erin Heatherton, Hailey Clauson, Rose Bertram and Genevieve Morton.

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The annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue first featured models donning body-painted swimsuits circa 1997. A decade later, the editors of Sports Illustrated published a collection of such examples, which makeup artist Joanne Gair created. The hardcover, "In The Paint," is still in print, as of 2015, and features a collection of Gair's body painting portfolio for Sports Illustrated.

Since 1997, many models have appeared within the pages of Sports Illustrated wearing nothing but body paint. Photos of most of the previous and present models in body-painted swimsuits are still available to view on SI.com. Hannah Ferguson, Lauren Mellor, Samantha Hoopes, Emily Ratajkowski and Cris Urena are some models who appeared in the 2014 issue in body-painted bathing suits by Gair.

Gair maintains a website and virtual portfolio that contains photos of her previous body-painting works of art, both for Sports Illustrated and for other clients. Gair's body-painting subject matter encompasses the modern and the classical, such as her body-painted replica of Michelangelo's David to a full body-painted catsuit on Carla Bruni.

Gair's body-painting work also includes the commercial, such as her Versace Intensive ad, which depicts a nude male model slipping into a pair of Versace briefs, the rest of his body clad in a body-painted floral print. Gair also painted a power suit onto Demi Moore, which she wore for the cover of the August 1992 issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

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