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Looking Back

Instant replay has vastly enriched the lives of all sports fans, so why not bring it to the Swimsuit Issue? MARISSA MILLER re-creates 10 highlights from SI's most illustrious--and sometimes notorious--spin-off

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photograph by JOHN G. ZIMMERMAN

THE ORIGINAL

  Christie Brinkley

1981 Florida

swimsuit by Norma Kamali for OMO

photographed by Frank W. Ockenfels

MARISSA'S VERSION

How'd they get the birds just right? The 1981 image (above) was blown up on a 12-by-14-foot vinyl sheet.

COLOR PHOTO

photograph by BRIAN LANKER

THE ORIGINAL

  Paulina Porizkova

1985 Australia

swimsuit bottom by Catalina

COLOR PHOTO

photographed by Frank W. Ockenfels

MARISSA'S VERSION

It took three tries to find shells--the first pair was too big, the second too small--that fit just right.

COLOR PHOTO

photograph by HANS FEURER

THE ORIGINAL

  Sarah O'Hare

1999 British Virgin Islands

COLOR PHOTO

photographed by Frank W. Ockenfels

MARISSA'S VERSION

It took 2,400 pounds of beige and white sand to construct this 10-by-14-foot "beach" in the studio.

COLOR PHOTO

photograph by PAOLO CURTO

THE ORIGINAL

  Stacey Williams

1993 Florida Keys

COLOR PHOTO

photographed by Frank W. Ockenfels

MARISSA'S VERSION

You can't buy this suit in any store--so tailor Raul Zevallos had to cut his own fabric and stitch on his own daisies.

COLOR PHOTO

photograph by BRIAN LANKER

THE ORIGINAL

  Kathy Ireland

1986 Bora Bora

swimsuit by Gilda Marx

COLOR PHOTO

photographed by Frank W. Ockenfels

MARISSA'S VERSION

Marissa is occasionally inundated by flowers from admirers, but this was the first time she'd bathed in 4,000 plumeria.

COLOR PHOTO

photograph by ROBERT ERDMANN

THE ORIGINAL

  Heidi Klum

2000 Malaysia

swimsuit by Gottex

COLOR PHOTO

photographed by Frank W. Ockenfels

MARISSA'S VERSION

This 15-foot, 75-pound Burmese python was the smaller of the two snakes brought in for this shot. The other outweighed Marissa.

COLOR PHOTO

photograph by WALTER IOOSS JR.

THE ORIGINAL

  Cheryl Tiegs

1978 Brazil

swimsuit by Monika for Elon

COLOR PHOTO

photographed by Frank W. Ockenfels

MARISSA'S VERSION

How to get that '70s look? Think lots of curlers and gobs of dark eye shadow.

COLOR PHOTO

photograph by ROBERT HUNTZINGER

THE ORIGINAL

  Elle Macpherson

1990 Windward Islands

swimsuit by LisaLamas

COLOR PHOTO

photographed by Frank W. Ockenfels

MARISSA'S VERSION

If you think Marissa looks hot in this shot, you're right-- the studio's thermostat was cranked up to 90° to ward off goose bumps.

COLOR PHOTO

photograph by RUSSELL JAMES

THE ORIGINAL

  Tyra Banks

1997 Bahamas

swimsuit by Salinas for Pisces

COLOR PHOTO

photographed by Frank W. Ockenfels

MARISSA'S VERSION

This was the easiest suit to find, since an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny polka-dot bikini never goes out of style.

COLOR PHOTO

photograph by MIKE REINHARDT

THE ORIGINAL

  Daniela Pestova

1995 Bermuda

swimsuit by Gottex

COLOR PHOTO

photographed by Frank W. Ockenfels

MARISSA'S VERSION

Fear not--that nasty pillar of coral is Styrofoam.