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Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier seaside destination, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. A year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beach goers, Laguna Beach features seven miles of soft sand and surf.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Laguna Beach Chosen as Exclusive US Photo Shoot Location for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit "2012 Model Search"

The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau in partnership with Montage Laguna Beach, recently hosted models for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit “2012 Model Search” appearing in the celebrated 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue debuting on February 15th on newsstands and on Laguna Beach is the exclusive continental United States location for one of seven destinations world-wide featured in the SI Swimsuit issue.
Sports Illustrated searched out eight beautiful models to participate in the SI Swimsuit Model Search, with the model getting the most votes appearing the 2012 issue of the iconic magazine. All eight models were brought to Laguna Beach on a special photo shoot where they were captured in both photographs and video. All this great content will be displayed in a custom website at where America will have the chance to meet the models and vote for their favorite. The winner will be guaranteed a spot in the 2012 SI Swimsuit issue.‬ Models included: Elisandra Tomacheski, Elena Baguci, Jasmine Tookes, Catrinel Menghia, Jessica Perez, Tamaris Freitas, Kathy Leutner and Kasia Gogolkiewicz.

“We are delighted to have partnered with Montage Laguna Beach and Sports Illustrated on this project which will highlight our beautiful, oceanfront, artist’s village on a world-wide stage,” said Judy Bijlani, Executive Director for the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau.

“To have Montage Laguna Beach be selected as a coveted location for this celebrated magazine’s photo shoot is truly exciting. It has been such a pleasure working with the Sports Illustrated team.” said Todd Orlich, General Manager, Montage Laguna Beach.

Well known photographer Walter Iooss Jr. responsible for 11 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue covers, traveled to Laguna Beach for the shoot.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is very exciting for Laguna and Its residents to have such a famous Magazine to shoot pictures here. That helps draw more people to this beautiful city of ours. Any positive attention like this is good for our community's economy. We have the most beautiful coastline in the world, the pictures will be awesome. I can't wait to see them.