Sports Illustrated Magazine, February 21,1955. Original Swimsuit Issue? While not officially designated as such, the cover has a swimsuit model along with other photographs and article inside, circa 1955! Very well could have been the impetus for the legendary swimsuit issue Sports Illustrated has been associated with for the past three decades. Excellent condition, mailing label, nice bright and tight condition. Model Betty di Bugnano in a French Bathing Suit. Issue includes: Small Hands Take The Wheel California Youngsters in the Worlds Smallest Race Cars. Basketball Tournament Time Approaches with Bill Russel photograph, Pay-Off For The Football Pros, U. S. Colleges Take To The Ice. Loaded With Splendid Articles, Great Ads, and Incredible Black & White And Color Pictures. Much, Much More!