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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model Nina Agdal: “This Has Been My Goal”

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"This has been my goal," Nina Agdal says of appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition with Chrissy Teigen and Lily Aldridge. 

This Valentine's Day, models Chrissy Teigen, Lily Aldridge and Nina Agdal are really feeling the love. The cover of the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition was revealed Thursday, Feb. 13, and its cover stars couldn't be happier with the final product.

"I'm speechless . . . This has been my goal," Agdal, a 21-year-old Hilleroed, Denmark, native, said in a statement. "I couldn't be happier to be on this year's cover. It's absolutely amazing!"

"I am so incredibly honored to be part of this issue," 28-year-old American model Aldridge said. "As my first time ever shooting with Sports Illustrated I never imagined I would be on the cover."

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The girls' cover also marks Sports Illustrated 50th anniversary issue. "I am so thrilled and honored to not only be on the cover but to be on the 50th Anniversary cover," Delta, Utah native Teigen, 28, added.

This year's sexy cover, shot in the Cook Islands off the coast of New Zealand, features Agdal, Aldridge and Teigen posing topless with their backs to the camera while wearing bright-colored bikini bottoms.

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"The 2014 cover embodies the essence of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. It is presented from a unique perspective, with a lighthearted spirit and breathtaking setting that lets the imagination run wild," Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day said. "This is what Swimsuit does best and we're thrilled to see it captured in such a memorable image."

"These are three very different models who together represent all that Swimsuit has become and will continue be: fresh, exciting, surprising and sexy," Day added. "Lily is a fashion industry star who is going to thrill an entirely new audience and she makes history by becoming the first rookie to grace our cover since Heidi Klum. Chrissy is glamorous, dynamic and a cultural phenomenon. And Nina is a bombshell. We knew she was going to be a star from the day we met her."

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