THE WINDWARD SEASIDE
I just finished reading your swimsuit issue (Down by the Seaside, Feb. 12), and as usual, I was impressed. The models, the swimsuits and the scenery were all spectacular. What was truly mesmerizing, though, was your gorgeous cover model, Judit Masco.
Forget Tyson vs. Douglas. The most beautiful knockout of 1990 is Rachel Hunter. Her "peachy-keen" pose on Argyle Beach packs a powerful punch.
MICHAEL L. WOOD
Elle Macpherson and Kathy Ireland sunbathing in the same pool! How much can a mortal man take?
Enough Montana and Magic. More Macpherson and Masco!
I wish to express my gratitude to the feminists who protested your swimsuit issue at the main newsstand in Harvard Square. They drew my attention to your magnificent magazine celebrating the wonders of the female body. Long live Gloria Steinem and Elle Macpherson.
CHARLES G. THOMAS
I have been told that Ireland is beautiful at this time of the year. After seeing Kathy again in this year's swimsuit issue, I wholeheartedly agree.
Is chivalry dead? Wasn't there a gentleman present to help Kathy Ireland brush the sand from her posterior (FROM THE PUBLISHER)?
A sense of decency demands that I voice my indignation. I turn to SI each week because I am a sports buff, not because I wish to see sports figures in the buff. I refer, of course, to that photograph of a nearly naked Jim Palmer in an advertisement for men's underwear. This kind of near obscenity has no place in your magazine. The rest of your Feb. 12 issue, however, was very nice indeed.
JOHN P. WIRTZ
Congratulations on featuring beautiful black women in your swimsuit issue.
It is obvious that SI will never stop publishing its best-selling issue. If you must become a fashion magazine once a year, could you put those bathing suits on athletes? In an age when physical educators are trying to encourage girls to participate in athletics, we must all work to end old stereotypes.
The models this year were super!
I was not impressed by most of the models, nor by the swimsuits they wore. You could have narrowed this year's models to just two, Elle Macpherson and Kathy Ireland.
HUGH H. CONNOLLY
Your latest swimsuit issue isn't nearly as good as those of, say, 20 or 25 years ago.
CLAYTON J. NEAD
Diamond Springs, Calif.
P.S. I'm 74.
I was disappointed by this year's issue. What once made the issue so special was extraordinary photography in fantastic locations. You showed the beauty of the places you visited as well as the models and their swimwear. In FROM THE PUBLISHER you say moving all that equipment among 10 islands was a logistical nightmare. Why bother? Of the 23 photographs, only four in any way utilized the setting, and two of those (the Fort Charlotte shot and the Pinese Island picture) are uninspired. The rest of the pictures could have been shot on any beach. Let's go back to the old days, when as much care was given to the selection of the setting as to the selection of the suits and models.
MICHAEL J. LOMBARDI
Only a 36-page feature devoted to swimsuits out of a 226-page issue? C'mon, get serious. Once a year, give us swimsuits. If it doesn't get better next year, I'll have to cancel my subscription.
CHARLES R. BAUERLEIN
AGAIN AND AGAIN
Of all the women featured in this year's swimsuit issue, Kathy Ireland or Elle Macpherson should have received the honor of being on the cover. Along with many other swimsuit fans, I want to see more of Kathy and Elle. Please!
Eau Claire, Wis.
Here are Kathy (left) and Elle on Mustique.
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