Complex – Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Without Makeup

By - August 6th, 2013

Sports Illustrated has been teasing men with images of sexy, scantily clad women for the past 49 years with its annual Swimsuit Issue, filling the male viewers’ minds with blush-worthy fantasies and fabricated excuses for why they need to find the little boy’s room right friggin’ now. Kate Upton, Irina Shayk, Brooklyn Decker, Bar Refaeli, Marissa Miller…just the hearing the names spoken would make a grown man giddy.

But have you ever wondered, “What would they look like au naturel?”

Well, the editors of Complex Magazine have and they’ve done a bloody fine job of revealing the not-so-perfect truth with a gallery of fifteen Sports Illustrated models without makeup. Needless to say, they’ve brought our perception of these fine looking ladies back to hard reality. The manipulation of even skin tones, rosier cheeks, and contoured half smiles are too obvious to dismiss. While the women don’t look half bad without their makeup, it’s clear that a little mascara and a bit of concealer can go a long way.

Thanks a lot, guys– we really needed that much more honesty in our lives.


ummm.. considering all these women are in swimsuits in a magazine spread, i think it wouldve been more... "o_O" for the reader if there were a comparison of the photos of their bodies before/after they were 'retouched' for magazine printing.  most women in sports illustrated have more natural looking makeup anyway.  lets see their natural bodies -- sans edits.