Once again you've melted the winter snow with your beautiful models. Although other sports magazines may try, they have yet to compare to SI's swimsuit issue (Nautical and Nice, Feb. 11). Keep up the terrific work!
Lake Villa, Ill.
Unlike some of the imitation swimsuit issues in which the models look like bleached-blonde tanning-booth queens, the models in your issue are exotic, healthy and beautiful. They inspire me to get my act together and get in shape. Thanks for the bright ray of sunshine during this dreary time.
San Jose, Calif.
In today's mail I received my annual motivator to get in shape for the spring and summer—the swimsuit issue. It was, as always, excellent.
PAUL A. SMITH
Ashley is on the list of the most popular girls' names in America. Ashley Montana, your cover model, will undoubtedly help keep it there.
I have decided to relocate to Ashley, Montana.
KENNETH D. BROWN
New York City
Why is it that we never seem to tire of Montana on the cover of SI?
JOHN G. MOORE
I was truly (Elle MacPherson) impressed with this (Elle MacPherson) year's swimsuit edition. It (Elle MacPherson) was a real treat.
By the way, Elle MacPherson looked pretty good, too.
JASON F. LIND
I am outraged, offended, incensed, infuriated, exasperated, provoked and galled over your swimsuit issue. How dare you run just one photo of Kathy Ireland? (The two little ones don't count, they're so small.)
May I please see at least one more shot of Kathy? Without it, I may not survive the winter months.
New York City
•Happy to oblige (below).—ED.
After very close and extensive examination, this old beach bum has concluded that Judit Masco is sporting a starfish and a sand dollar on her swimsuit rather than a star and moon as you claim.
Where are the men?
Speaking as one of your many female subscribers, what would really catch my eye is a male hunk lounging on the beaches of an exotic but picturesque island clad only in a skimpy swimsuit.
Congratulations on lowering the sleaze factor. With a few exceptions, Nautical and Nice was tolerable to this mom. How did you fare with librarians this year?
Haddon Heights, N.J.
I am an outraged mother of a 14-year-old boy who loves your magazine. I have bought him two subscriptions so far. I am seriously thinking of dropping the magazine next year, and that would be a shame because my son really enjoys the articles and it has had him reading. I don't mind that you have a swimsuit issue, but I am offended at the pictures you put in it. In my opinion, most of them belong in Playboy, not SI.
The swimsuit issue contributes to a cultural sickness that views women primarily as sex objects to be used and, too often, abused. It is below the dignity of SI to be a party to that and incongruous with your usual high caliber of journalism.
SI is in the forefront of efforts to solve many problems facing society today. You speak out on environmental and racial issues. You address the drug problem, steroid use and the concerns of student-athletes.
It is because-you are so enlightened on these issues that your use of women as objects is especially disappointing. You have an obligation to speak out against another ill facing society—sexism. I hope next year you rethink your annual slap in the face of women and discontinue your swimsuit issue.
JAMES P. FLANNERY JR.
Ireland's fans felt she—and they—were slighted.
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