Bar Refaeli's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Kicks it Off

 - Feb 11, 2009
Bar Refaeli, the 23-year-old Israeli supermodel landed the 2009 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover and couldn’t be getting more buzz.

Bar Refaeli, who is dating actor Leonardo DiCaprio, has been featured in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for three consecutive years, but this year’s cover was the honor of honors for her modeling career.

"My first thought was just like, you know, why is this here? Why are you tricking me? I was speechless for a few long minutes. Which doesn’t happen often," Bar Refaeli said of the issue.

The cluster below highlights a few other 2009 magazine covers making pop culture waves.

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